The End of Strategic Stability? Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries [NEW BOOK]

01 Nov 2018

(Lawrence Rubin and Adam Stulberg, Editors) During the Cold War, many believed that the superpowers shared a conception of strategic stability, a coexistence where both sides would compete for global influence but would be deterred from using nuclear weapons. In actuality, both sides understood strategic stability and deterrence quite differently. Today's international system is further complicated by more nuclear powers, regional rivalries, and nonstate actors who punch above their weight, but the United States and other nuclear powers still cling to old conceptions of strategic stability. 

The purpose of this book is to unpack and examine how different states in different regions view strategic stability, the use or non-use of nuclear weapons, and whether or not strategic stability is still a prevailing concept. The contributors to this volume explore policies of current and potential nuclear powers including the United States, Russia, China, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. This volume makes an important contribution toward understanding how nuclear weapons will impact the international system in the twenty-first century and will be useful to students, scholars, and practitioners of nuclear weapons policy.

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Introduction, Adam N. Stulberg and Lawrence Rubin

Part I: General Approaches to Regional Stability

1. Sources of Instability in the Second Nuclear Age: An American Perspective, Evan Braden Montgomery

2. The Russian Approach to Strategic Stability: Preserving a Classical Formula in a Turbulent World, Andrey Pavlov and Anastasia Malygina

3. Pakistan's View of Strategic Stability: A Struggle between Theory and Practice, Sadia Tasleem

4. Strategic Stability in the Middle East: Through the Transparency Lens, Emily B. Landau

5. Beyond Strategic Stability: Deterrence, Regional Balance, and Iranian National Security, Annie Tracy Samuel

Conclusion to Part I: Regional Approaches to Strategic Stability, Rajesh Basrur 

Part II: Cross-Domain Deterrence and Strategic Stability

6. Strategic Stability and Cross-Domain Coercion: The Russian Approach to Information (Cyber) Warfare, Dmitry "Dima" Adamsky 

7. Conventional Challenges to Strategic Stability: Chinese Perceptions of Hypersonic Technology and the Security Dilemma, Tong Zhao 

8. The India-Pakistan Nuclear Dyad: Strategic Stability and Cross-Domain Deterrence, Happymon Jacob 

9. The Road Not Taken: Defining Israel's Approach to Strategic Stability, Ilai Z. Saltzman 

10. Maintaining Sovereignty and Preserving the Regime: How Saudi Arabia Views Strategic Stability, Ala' Alrababa'h 

Conclusion to Part II: Regional Variations on Deterrence and Stability, Jeffrey W. Knopf 

Part III: Findings and Implications 

11. Foreign Views of Strategic Stability and US Nuclear Posture: The Need for Tailored Strategies, Matthew Kroenig

12. Implications for US Policy: Defending a Stable International System, Adam Mount 

Conclusion to the Book, Lawrence Rubin and Adam N. Stulberg