Deterring America: Rogue States and the Proliferation of by Derek D. Smith

By Derek D. Smith

Confronted with America's army superiority, many nations are turning to guns of mass destruction (WMD) as a way to discourage usa intervention. notwithstanding, the occasions of September eleven woke up the United States to a point of vulnerability it had by no means skilled prior to, making it more and more unwilling to tolerate such guns within the arms of risky and unpredictable regimes. via theoretical, old, and prescriptive lenses, this booklet explores the trendy safeguard issue created by means of the dual fears of yank encroachment and vulnerability which shape a vicious cycle of lack of confidence that demanding situations conventional notions of deterrence. utilizing Iraq and North Korea as case reports, Smith argues that the U.S. might have to reconsider its overseas coverage recommendations opposed to WMD proliferation, giving renewed consciousness to shielding measures, negotiated disarmament, interdiction, and maybe preemption.

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To these theorists, all that is needed is sensible leadership to strike this balance and the compelling logic of deterrence will do the rest. What is more, some scholars often apply this confidence in deterrence across the spectrum of conflicts against any adversary the United States may encounter. 36 Doing so enables policymakers to downplay the more complicated task of investigating who is being deterred and instead merely ensure 32 33 34 35 36 Kenneth N. Waltz, “More May Be Better,” in Scott D.

10 As a result, one can never be sure that a deterrent threat is adequate, even if there is one hundred percent certainty in the mind of the deterrer; it is always possible that the opposing side will misperceive the credibility of a threat. Despite these inherent limitations, theorists have tried to develop strategies that are most likely to foster credibility, and a few significant aspects are discussed below. To reinforce the perception of one’s resolve, a common tactic is to employ commitment techniques that increase the costs of failing 9 10 Scott D.

Despite these inherent limitations, theorists have tried to develop strategies that are most likely to foster credibility, and a few significant aspects are discussed below. To reinforce the perception of one’s resolve, a common tactic is to employ commitment techniques that increase the costs of failing 9 10 Scott D. Sagan, “The Commitment Trap: Why the United States Should not Use Nuclear Threats to Deter Biological and Chemical Weapons Attacks,” International Security vol. 24, no. 4 (spring 2000): 98.

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