Crisis Stability and Nuclear War

Crisis Stability and Nuclear War

A study group composed of policy leaders, military experts, and policy analysts studied such issues as the technical and political aspects of the U.S. and Soviet command and control systems over nuclear forces; the devolution and delegation of authority to use nuclear weapons; and the synergistic effects of U.S. and Soviet actions during a crisis. The final report included discussion of how the two nations can maintain stability during a crisis.

Resulting Publication

  • Crisis Stability and Nuclear War, ed. Kurt Gottfried and Bruce G. Blair. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. (out of print)

Project Data

  • PROJECT DATE: 1985-1988
  • PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Kurt Gottfried (Cornell University)
  • SOURCE OF FUNDING: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • COLLABORATING ORGANIZATION: Cornell University Peace Studies Program


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