Ward Wilson uses historical accounts to present the argument that nuclear deterrence does not work. In fact, Wilson argues that it has failed a number of times, and some of those failures have come close to war. Wilson writes, “Nuclear weapons are neither as capable of influencing military conflicts nor as effective at political persuasion as was once thought. Nuclear deterrence appears to be seriously flawed: it is far more prone to failure than proponents of nuclear weapons would have us believe.”
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Ward Wilson is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Instititue where he directs the Rethinking Nuclear Weapons project