Soviet Nuclear Doctrine

  • Michael J. Mazarr


A debate has raged for many years over the true nature of Soviet thinking on nuclear war. Many influential strategic analysts have argued that Soviet nuclear doctrine is aggressive, guided by the central assumption that the USSR could fight and win a nuclear war. As such it is depicted as the tool of an expansionist, revisionist Marxist-Leninist state whose primary goal is the subversion of the West. Naturally, these analysts contend that Soviet nuclear doctrine constitutes a significant threat to Western security.


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  • Michael J. Mazarr
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  1. 1.Center for Strategic and International StudiesUSA

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