Book Launch: The Fragile Balance of Terror: Deterrence in the Nuclear Age

Jan 26, 2023 |
Washington, D.C.
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Please join the American Academy of Arts & Sciences for a book launch event for The Fragile Balance of Terror: Deterrence in the Nuclear Age, co-hosted by the Project on Nuclear Issues at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

This new edited volume offers insight into an era rife with more nuclear powers. Some of these new powers suffer domestic instability, others are led by pathological personalist dictators, and many are situated in highly unstable regions of the world—a volatile mix of variables. The increasing fragility of deterrence in the twenty-first century is created by a confluence of forces: military technologies that create vulnerable arsenals, a novel information ecosystem that rapidly transmits both information and misinformation, nuclear rivalries that include three or more nuclear powers, and dictatorial decisions. The nuclear threats posed by India, Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea are fraught with danger.

The Fragile Balance of TerrorDeterrence in the New Nuclear Age is edited by Vipin Narang and Scott Sagan and was sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences under the auspices of the project Meeting the Challenges of the New Nuclear Age, which is part of the Academy's longstanding work in global affairs.