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Nuclear pre-emption and crisis stability, 1985-1990

CollectionsANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC)
Title: Nuclear pre-emption and crisis stability, 1985-1990
Author(s): Glasser, Robert
Date published: 1986
Publisher: Canberra : Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, 1986.
Series/Report no.: Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence : No. 37
Description: 
Crisis instability' suggests the existence of incentives to strike first in a crisis. However, more than one 'type' of incentive can be identified. The author describes the carious and often conflicting views of incentives to pre-empt advanced by analysis of strategic studies. An attempt is made to measure the degree of crisis stability existing in the period 1985-90 though modelling the effects of nuclear exchanges between the United States and the Soviet Union. Some recommendations are presented concerning how best to improve crisis stability. The calculations indicate that crisis instability will increase between 1985 and 1990, but the author cautions that any conclusions concerning the existence or absence of stability must be tempered by an appreciation of the tremendous uncertainty involved in estimating war outcomes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/216491
ISBN: 867847913
Other Identifiers: b15892578

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