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6: Fetisova: POSSEVI: PROSPECTS FOR COOPERATIVE STRATEGIC STABILITY AND STRATEGIC CULTURAL CONTEXT (CASE OF RUSSIA)

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Following usual rhetoric, the end of the Cold War replaced the global competition for supremacy of the two great powers and fears of a large-scale nuclear conflict between them with a new era of cooperation and consolidating efforts for enhancing international security.

6: Harrington: Policy Memo: Nuclear Policy and the Politics of Knowledge Production

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“The international security environment has changed dramatically since the end of the Cold War. The threat of global nuclear war has become remote, but the risk of nuclear attack has increased...These changes in the nuclear threat environment – especially the heightened concern about nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferation and the less dangerous strategic interaction between the United States and Russia – have not emerged overnight. They have developed over the last twenty years, and Administrations of both parties have responded with modifications of U.S.

6: Zhang: Policy Memo: The Sino-Pakistan Nuclear Cooperation

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Further Development in the New Era

The year 2011 marked the sixtieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan. In retrospect of China-Pakistan relations in the past sixty years, it’s not difficult to conclude that security relation is the most important aspect in the bilateral relations. Generally speaking, China-Pakistan nuclear cooperation is an unavoidable subject when it comes to talk about the security relations between them.

6: Rozhanovskaya: Policy Memo: The Nuclear Habit in the Public Mind

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Jarrod Hayes’ in his conceptual piece “Nuclear Disarmament and Stability in the Logic of Habit” draws upon the paper “The Logic of Habit in International Relations” by Ted Hopf, who in turn focuses on one of the four ‘orientations’ of social action distinguished by Max Weber. Hopf, following Weber, emphasizes that the logic of habit “precludes rationality, agency, and uncertainty” [Hopf]. Habits are the way to deal with limited intellectual capacity and they always reinforce the status quo.

6: Tasleem: Policy Memo: Diffusion of Nuclear Knowledge

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Technology, Policy and Posture (A Case-Study of Pakistan)

This memo is based on an on-going study that explores the phenomenon of nuclear knowledge diffusion at conceptual level. Based on conceptual understanding it traces diffusion of nuclear knowledge in Pakistan with a focus on three main areas; technology, policy and posture.

6: Bleek & Lorber: Policy Memo: Friends Don’t Let Friends Proliferate in the Middle East or East Asia

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Lessons from South Korea and Britain

Over the past decade, the question of how to prevent nuclear proliferation in both the Middle East and East Asia has gained significant urgency. Apparently in part due to Iran’s progress towards acquiring a nuclear weapons breakout capability and North Korea’s acquisition of rudimentary nuclear weapons, several U.S. allies and friendly states appear to be at least opening the door to potential future pursuit of nuclear weapons.

6: Loukianova: Policy Memo: Creating a Framework to Assess Military Transparency

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Scholars and practitioners argue that transparency will play an important role in “cultivating confidence” on the “road to zero.” But, the conceptual definitions and implied meanings of transparency vary among the many disciplines and communities involved in the study and practice of international security. Moreover, there is little to no consensus on the origins, mechanics, or dynamics of this phenomenon.

6: Wu: Policy Memo: How to Solve Sino-U.S. Missile Defense Dilemma?

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Disagreement between China and the United States regarding ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems has lasted for more than a decade. Up to now, we did not see any sign of solving this problem in near future. This memo will discuss how to solve this dilemma. Specifically, this article will discuss the technical and political impacts of U.S. BMD on China’s nuclear deterrence, and work out hypothetical solutions.

6: Zhao: Policy Memo: Promoting Trust-Building between the U.S. and China in the Field of Nuclear Security

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Trust Is Imperative for U.S.-China Cooperation on Nuclear Security Issues

It is generally recognized that the U.S. and China share significant common interests in cooperating on issues of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control. The robustness of nuclear deterrence determines that quality and quantity of nuclear weapons no longer dominate the calculations around nuclear policy as long as a nuclear retaliatory capability can be maintained. Nuclear primacy is hardly a viable or even a desirable goal to pursue.

6: Loukianova: POSSEVI: Creating a Framework to Assess Military Transparency

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Scholars and practitioners argue that transparency will play an important role in “cultivating confidence” on the “road to zero.” But, the conceptual definitions and implied meanings of transparency vary among the many disciplines and communities involved in the study and practice of international security. Moreover, there is little to no consensus on the origins, mechanics, or dynamics of this phenomenon. 

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