Sunday, June 1, 2014

Issue 15

Should more of our European or Pacific democratic allies possess nuclear weapons?
Background Essay
Harold Melvin Agnew Motion Picture Film, Hoover Institution Archives.
Background Essay

A History of Nuclear Choices

by Josef Joffevia Strategika
Sunday, June 1, 2014

The question “Should more of our European or Pacific democratic allies possess nuclear weapons?” harbors two unspoken ones. First, why do nations go nuclear? Second, will America’s allies do so if U.S. security guarantees wane in this era of retraction and disarmament? A quick history of the nuclear age reveals many mixed motives and only a tenuous relationship between great-power assurances and client-power abstinence.

Featured Commentary
Poster Collection, INT 00398, Hoover Institution Archives.
Featured Commentary

The Scramble for Nuclear Deterrence

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Sunday, June 1, 2014

Given the diplomatic and strategic weaknesses that the United States and its leaders have exhibited over the past six years, it is almost inevitable that America’s allies, which exist in substantially more dangerous neighborhoods than does the United States, will seek to develop their own nuclear capabilities.

Poster Collection, INT 00491, Hoover Institution Archives.
Featured Commentary

The Risks of Expanding the Nuclear Club’s Membership

by Josiah Bunting IIIvia Strategika
Sunday, June 1, 2014

Vladimir Putin’s indifference to the bleating admonitions of Western leaders will persist. These, and the President’s pathetic warnings that have followed, have all the credibility of promising a Red Line in Damascus.