Since the end of the Cold War, the risk of total nuclear war between
the major powers has diminished. Yet the prospect of nuclear weapons
being used is more plausible. There were two great pillars of the normative
edifice for containing the nuclear horror: the doctrines of strategic
deterrence, which prevented their use among those who had nuclear
weapons; and the non-proliferation regime, centered on the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which both outlawed their spread to
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