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Contemporary Nuclear Strategy and Waging War

Clark Ian

in Waging War

Published in print April 1988 | ISBN: 9780198273257
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273257.003.0006
Contemporary Nuclear Strategy and Waging War

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This chapter analyses the prospect of nuclear war and the place of such a prospect in nuclear strategies of deterrence. It examines nuclear targeting, nuclear war-fighting doctrines, and problems associated with the attempt to make judgments about war purely on the basis of individual weapon systems, such as nuclear arms. The chapter focuses on the principles of discrimination and proportionality in warfare and examines whether the justice of war can reside in the very nature of the weapons by means of which it is fought.

Keywords: nuclear war; nuclear strategies; nuclear targeting; weapon systems; nuclear arms

Chapter.  8211 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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