Hoover Institution’s The War That Must Never Be Fought Argues for Nuclear Free World

Thursday, March 12, 2015
The War That Must Never Be Fought, edited by Secretary Shultz and Ambassador James Goodby

The Hoover Institution Press announced that The War That Must Never Be Fought, edited by Secretary Shultz and Ambassador James Goodby, is available online at Hooverpress.org. This collection of essays challenges outdated deterrence theories, reexamines notions from the Cold War, and asserts that a world without nuclear weapons is in the best interests of the United States.

The War That Must Never Be Fought, edited by Secretary Shultz and Ambassador James Goodby
The War That Must Never Be Fought, edited by Secretary Shultz and Ambassador James Goodby, is available online at Hooverpress.org.

“Borrowing its title from President Reagan’s State of the Union message of 1984, the essays outline the fact that the problem is far more complex today, with nine nations possessing nuclear weapons,” stated Ambassador Goodby. “There is tremendous risk associated with relying on the hope that an accident will not occur or that stability can be achieved in a world with even more nuclear-armed states in unstable parts of the world.”

The contributors examine nuclear deterrence from the vantage points of nations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, all of which have some form of security relationship, either cooperative or competitive, with the United States. They explain, for example, why agreements by Poland and Germany on nuclear deterrence and nuclear arms control are necessary if the Europeans are to be proactive in reducing nuclear weapons in Europe. They explore the strategic views, and resulting nuclear policies, of India and Pakistan to determine the possibilities for decoupling nuclear weapons from deterrence. They also explain why successfully reducing and ultimately eliminating the nuclear threat must be based on a combination of regional and global joint enterprises. The authors conclude with suggestions that could lead to a successful joint security enterprise among the world’s nuclear powers.

“This important collection of thoughtful papers is written by a stellar cast of experienced students of today's dilemma posed by nuclear weapons and deterrence policy,” stated Sidney Drell, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.  “Recognizing the unimaginable devastation to humanity and the planet we all inhabit in the event of a failure of this policy, either by deliberate action or human error, the authors add valuable insights into policies and initiatives that nations should pursue in a global effort to reduce existing dangers of entering into The War That Must Never Be Fought.

All the authors point to signs of hope and suggest potential areas for international cooperation. Many point to the need for new frameworks for organizing global and regional cooperation and identify how to go about establishing pathways toward creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons. Some offer detailed prescriptions for escaping from the nuclear trap in which nations, especially in regions where hostilities are endemic, have been stuck for years.

Digital chapters can be found at here. The hardback edition of the book will be available in June 2015.

Editors: George P. Shultz served in the Reagan administration as chairman of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981–82) and secretary of state (1982–89). Since 1989, he has been a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution; in 2001, he was named the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow.  He is honorary chairman of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Advisory Council and chair of the Precourt Institute Energy Advisory Council at Stanford, the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board, and the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy at the Hoover Institution. 
James E. Goodby has served as US ambassador to Finland, vice chairman of the US delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks, and chief US negotiator for the safe and secure dismantlement of nuclear weapons. He is currently the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 1994, he received the first Heinz Award in Public Policy from the Heinz Family Foundation.

Contributors: Nobumasa Akiyama, Steven P. Andreasen, Shlomo Brom, Michael S. Gerson, James E. Goodby,  Karim Haggag, Peter Hayes, Peter Jones, S. Paul Kapur, Katarzyna Kubiak, Li Bin, Oliver Meier, Chung-in Moon, Benoît Pelopidas, Steven Pifer, Pavel Podvig, George P. Shultz, Isabelle Williams

About the Hoover Institution:  The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs. With its eminent scholars and world-renowned Library & Archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity, and secure and safeguard peace for America and all mankind.

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