Coordinating the arm swing with the pivot: nuclear deterrence, stability and US strategy in the Asia-Pacific

Andrew Futter, Benjamin Zala

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    Abstract

    Abstract: United States' foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific region is set to be fundamentally altered by two developments in Washington's defence policy. The first is the so-called pivot towards the region in terms of overall defence strategy. The second, occurring at roughly the same time, is a move towards a far greater role for advanced conventional weaponry in the US defence posture. We analyse the interaction of these two trends and discusses a central tension between short and long-term challenges, suggesting that, contrary to current developments, either a freeze in the deployment of these weapons programmes or a return to a strategy underpinned by traditional notions of deterrence may well be necessary.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)367-390
    JournalThe Pacific Review
    Volume28
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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