The Case For Deterrence

While at Aspen, I remarked of a panel on nuclear proliferation that "nobody seemed willing to consider the notion that deterrence might be a viable strategic option in a world with, say, fifteen nuclear powers." For an extended consideration of precisely that notion, I recommend this essay (full disclosure: the author is a friend) in the latest Orbis, which makes the case for Cold War-style deterrence - even in an age of proliferation - as the "proper policy of a confident great power that is satisfied with its place in the global order."