Nuclear Crisis Management: A Dangerous Illusion (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) (Paperback)

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Nuclear Crisis Management: A Dangerous Illusion (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) (Paperback)

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Richard Ned Lebow spells out the implications of historical experience for American perceptions of the place of crisis management in superpower strategic relations. identifying and discussing three reasons for the outbreak of World War I--preemption, loss of control, and miscalculated escalation--he argues that all three are equally serious threats to peace and survival. He documents how psychological stress in past crises has induced erratic, dysfunctional behavior from national leaders, even paralysis. A nuclear crisis, he argues, would generate even more acute stress because of the unprecedented destructiveness of nuclear weapons and the extreme time pressure that leaders are likely to face.

Richard Ned Lebow is James O. Freedman Presidential Professor Emeritus in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College, Professor of International Political Theory at King's College, and Bye-Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.
Product Details ISBN: 9780801495311
ISBN-10: 0801495318
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: July 8th, 1988
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Cornell Studies in Security Affairs