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Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century

Therese Delpech was known for her work on international relations and her service at the French Atomic Energy Commission and as an adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross. She passed away in January 2012, and the RAND Corporation recently published her last work, which is available on this site. This 196-page work calls for "a renewed intellectual effort to address the relevance of the traditional concepts of first strike, escalation, extended deterrence, and other Cold War-era strategies." The work is divided into seven thematic chapters, including "Ahead of Us: The Big Piracy Game?" "Space and Cyberdeterrence," and "Lesson From Crises." This last chapter is quite intriguing as it looks at past Cold War crises with an eye towards the future and how interested parties might understand future critical junctures. This work is well-written and thoughtful, and for those persons studying international affairs, political science, and other topics, it will be worth a look.
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Date Issued 2012
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