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Deterring America : Rogue States and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Deterring America : Rogue States and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction - 06 edition

Deterring America : Rogue States and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction - 06 edition

ISBN13: 9780511218125

ISBN10: 0511218125

Deterring America : Rogue States and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction by Derek K. Smith - ISBN 9780511218125
Edition: 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2006
International: No
Deterring America : Rogue States and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction by Derek K. Smith - ISBN 9780511218125

ISBN13: 9780511218125

ISBN10: 0511218125

Edition: 06
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Summary

Faced with America's military superiority, many countries are turning to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) as a means to deter United States intervention. However, the events of September 11 awakened America to a degree of vulnerability it had never experienced before, making it increasingly unwilling to tolerate such weapons in the hands of unstable and unpredictable regimes. Through theoretical, historical, and prescriptive lenses, this book explores the modern security dilemma created by the twin fears of American encroachment and vulnerability which form a vicious cycle of insecurity that challenges traditional notions of deterrence. Using Iraq and North Korea as case studies, Smith argues that the United States may need to re-evaluate its foreign policy strategies against WMD proliferation, giving renewed attention to defensive measures, negotiated disarmament, interdiction, and perhaps preemption.