The Strengths and Weaknesses of Non-Provocative Defence: Lessons for the Future

  • Geoffrey Wiseman
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


This book’s central concern is to examine the viability of non-provocative defence concepts. In different ways, chapters two through eight have helped to answer the main questions identified in chapter one: Do non-provocative defence concepts constitute a coherent military-security strategy for deterring potential attackers, fighting wars, and even settling wars? Do such concepts actually help convey defensive intent, thereby helping to resolve the security dilemma? Under what conditions do these concepts provide a viable basis for the defence policies of states? Was the rise of non-provocative defence concepts tied necessarily to the late Cold War era? Are defensive concepts relevant under post-Cold War conditions?


Nuclear Weapon Defence Policy Peace Movement Nuclear Deterrence Crisis Stability 
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    Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace (1795) (trans. Lewis White Beck), Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1957, p.8.Google Scholar
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    E.g., Carl Sagan and Richard Turco, A Path Where No Man Thought: Nuclear Winter and the End of the Arms Race, New York, Random House, 1990.Google Scholar
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    Peter J. Katzenstein, The Culture of National Security, New York: Columbia University Press, 1996, p.519Google Scholar

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© Geoffrey Wiseman 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Wiseman
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  1. 1.School of International RelationsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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