Future Conditions of Strategic Deterrence

  • Hedley Bull
Part of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Conference Papers book series (IISSCP)


Deterrence has been the leading strategic idea of our times, at least in the Western world. Along with the idea of limited war, it has enabled us to persuade ourselves that force can still be used as an instrument of state policy, even while recognizing that the outbreak of an unlimited nuclear war would represent the breakdown of policy. Around the idea of mutual nuclear deterrence we have built our hopes of avoiding such a war.


Nuclear Weapon General Deterrence Nuclear Proliferation Nuclear Disarmament Nuclear Deterrence 
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© The International Institute for Strategic Studies 1981

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  • Hedley Bull

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