A Perpetual Menace: Nuclear Weapons and International Order (Routledge Global Security Studies)


by: Walker, William
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description Written by a leading scholar in the field of nuclear weapons and international relations, this book examines ‘the problem of order’ arising from the existence of weapons of mass destruction. This central problem of international order has its origins in the nineteenth century, when industrialization and the emergence of new sciences, technologies and administrative capabilities greatly expanded states’ abilities to inflict injury, ushering in the era of total war. It became acute in the mid-twentieth century, with the invention of the atomic bomb and the pre-eminent role ascribed to nuclear weapons during the Cold War. It became more complex after the end of the Cold War, as power structures shifted, new insecurities emerged, prior ordering strategies were called into question, and as technologies relevant to weapons of mass destruction became more accessible to non-state actors as well as states. William Walker explores how this problem is conceived by influential actors, how they have tried to fashion solutions in the face of many predicaments, and why those solutions have been deemed effective and ineffective, legitimate and illegitimate, in various times and contexts. Review 'Walker makes a significant contribution to the argument for an international nuclear order from the English School perspective. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; graduate students through professionals.' - Choice, June 2012 'This excellent book makes an important contribution to the scholarly debate on the future of nuclear weapons. This timely book makes a unique contribution to the literature on the nuclear danger and the prospects for survival of the NPT-centred international nuclear order. It is highly recommended for scholars and practitioners, and is an invaluable resource for graduate courses on nuclear arms control and disarmament and American foreign policy.' - Mario E. Carranza, Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 33, 1, April 2012 'A Perpetual Menace is a distinctive book within the literature on international nuclear politics and international security. Walker has provided a very interesting book. Its content cannot give answers to what lies ahead after recent setbacks and division in relation to international nuclear politics, but Walker hangs it on a framework that helps us ask better questions and provides exciting prospects for future research and study in the field.' - Molly Cochran, International Affairs, Vol. 4, July 2012 'Walker surveys this poorly covered niche with breadth and without academic jargon in a work intended for an audience of general readers as well as practitioners and academic peers. Walker has opened the doors to many interesting rooms worth exploring.' - Michael Krepon, Arms Control Today, March 2012 'William Walker has done something special, compelling and persuasive. Perpetual Menace combines political science rigor with literary sensibility. The book is much more than another history of the nuclear era. Rather it is an innovative search for the impact of nuclear capabilities on global political stability. The result is not just original and enlightening, but surprisingly engaging and enjoyable.' - Aaron Karp, Old Dominion University, USA 'William Walker is one of the world's most thoughtful analysts of nuclear-proliferation issues, known for combining, with intellectual ease, historical perspectives and philosophical insights. As usual, Walker writes with elegance, and [A Perpetual Menace] includes many valuable insights on various questions of nuclear history.' - Bruno Tertrais, Survival, Vol. 54, 1, Feb-Mar 2012 ‘William Walker masterfully conceptualizes the ways in which states since 1945 have struggled to order their relations with each other and nuclear weapons. Valuable as history, international relations theory, and contemporary politics, this wise book concludes that the “logic of restraint” is the most feasible common ground on which all states could build a beneficial nucle


Product Code: 9780415421058
ISBN: 0415421055
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2011-10-05
Number of Pages: 256 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 1
Dimension: 6.14 x 0.79 x 9.29 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.37 pounds