The Long Shadow; Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia

Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008. Presumed First Paperback Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. xvi, [2], 571, [3] pages. Tables. Figures. Contributors. Notes. References. Index. Cover has minor wear and soiling. A few instances of ink marks and highlighting noted. Muthiah Alagappa was a nonresident senior fellow in the Asia Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, he was the first holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His research focuses primarily on Asian security, the political legitimacy of governments, and the political role of the military in Asia. Alagappa worked at the East-West Center. From 2006 to 2010, he was the center’s distinguished senior fellow. He was founding director of the center’s Washington office (2001–2006), director of the integrated research program in Honolulu (1999–2001), and a senior fellow (1989–1999). Alagappa served as a career officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces (1962–1982) holding field, command, and staff positions including senior army member for the defense planning staff in the Ministry of Defense. Alagappa has written articles for leading journals and more than ten books. His recent publications include: Nation Making in Asia: From Ethnic to Civic Nations?, The Long Shadow: Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia, Civil Society and Political Change in Asia: Expanding and Contracting Democratic Change, Asian Security Order: Instrumental and Normative Features, and Coercion and Governance: The Declining Political Role of the Military in Asia. The Long Shadow is the first comprehensive, systematic examination of the roles and implications of nuclear weapons in the dramatically different post, Cold War security environment. Leading experts investigate the roles and salience of nuclear weapons in the national security strategies of twelve countries and the ASEAN states, and their implications for security and stability in a broadly defined Asian security region that includes the Middle East. The study also investigates the prospects for nuclear terrorism in Asia. A chief conclusion of the study is that nuclear weapons influence national security strategies in fundamental ways and that deterrence continues to be the dominant role and strategy for the employment of nuclear weapons. Offensive and defensive strategies may increase in salience but will not surpass the deterrence function. Another major conclusion is that although there could be destabilizing situations, on balance, nuclear weapons have reinforced security and stability in the Asian security region by assuaging national security concerns, strengthening deterrence and the status quo, and preventing the outbreak and escalation of major hostilities. As nuclear weapons will persist and cast a long shadow on security in Asia and the world, it is important to reexamine and redefine "old" ideas, concepts, and strategies as well as develop "new" ones relevant to the contemporary era. In line with this, the global nuclear order should be constructed anew based on present realities. Condition: Good.

Keywords: Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Policy, Proliferation, Deterrence, Retaliation, Terrorism, ASEAN, National Security, Regional Security, Regional Stability, Nuclear Forces, Military Spending, Delivery Systems, Defense Expenditures, Strategic Triad

ISBN: 9780804760874

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