Eve of the Summit: 1 of 2: "The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics" by Paul Bracken.

Jun 04, 02:15 AM


(Photo:A TM-72 Mace missile is trucked through the Okinawa city of Gushikawa in the early 1960s in a rare open display.

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A TM-72 Mace missile is trundled through the Okinawa city of Gushikawa( 具志川市 ) in the early 1960s in a rare open display. Alternate: A TM-76B (CGM-13B) barely clears an overhead power line at the village of Deragawa(Tairagawa 平良川 ) enroute to a launch site from the missile maintenance area, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. )



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Eve of the Summit: 1 of 2: "The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics" by Paul Bracken.


A leading international security strategist offers a compelling new way to "think about the unthinkable."

The cold war ended more than two decades ago, and with its end came a reduction in the threat of nuclear weapons—a luxury that we can no longer indulge. It's not just the threat of Iran getting the bomb or North Korea doing something rash; the whole complexion of global power politics is changing because of the reemergence of nuclear weapons as a vital element of statecraft and power politics. In short, we have entered the second nuclear age.

In this provocative and agenda-setting book, Paul Bracken of Yale University argues that we need to pay renewed attention to nuclear weapons and how their presence will transform the way crises develop and escalate. He draws on his years of experience analyzing defense strategy to make the case that the United States needs to start thinking seriously about these issues once again, especially as new countries acquire nuclear capabilities. He walks us through war-game scenarios that are all too realistic, to show how nuclear weapons are changing the calculus of power politics, and he offers an incisive tour of the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia to underscore how the United States must not allow itself to be unprepared for managing such crises.

Frank in its tone and farsighted in its analysis, The Second Nuclear Age is the essential guide to the new rules of international politics.

“Mr. Bracken's view is a powerful one. . . . The questions [he] raises about the sustainability of current American foreign policy thinking are particularly timely. Nuclear strategy must come out of its post-Cold War retirement. We are once again in a world where nuclear weapons count.” ―Walter Russell Mead, The Wall Street Journal

“Penetrating. . . . Bracken is an example of why fresh and fearless thinking is required when considering the near-term future of geopolitics. . . . Everyone interested in nuclear proliferation in the Middle East should read [this book].” ―Robert D. Kaplan, Stratfor, author of The Revenge of Geography

“This is an important book, necessary reading for anyone looking to understand nuclear weapons and how they might be used, directly or indirectly, in future conflicts around the world. Paul Bracken is a rigorous critic, convincing and unsentimental in his discussion of the strategic and political context of the subject. This is no simplistic vision of Armageddon.” ―George Friedman, author of The ...