Reconceptualizing Strategic Stability as the Foundation for Major Power Relations
Center on Contemporary Conflict
Smith, James M.
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Objective: Achieving and maintaining strategic stability was the primary objective of the U.S.- Soviet relationship throughout the Cold War. During the Cold War, strategic stability was understood to be a largely quantitative calculation of balance across strategic systems and weapons. In the 21st century, however, the U.S.’s strategic relationships with Russia and China have changed, and the emphasis has shifted to avoiding tension and building a transparent, predictable, and positive set of relationships. This project will investigate the differing definitions and constructions of the concept of strategic stability among these states and regional nuclear powers. It will develop a policy-relevant understanding of the roots, contemporary manifestations, and policy implications of national characterizations of strategic stability by each of these states.
Performer: U.S. Air Force Academy Institute for National Security Studies Project Lead: James M. Smith Project Cost: $85,000 FY15-16
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