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Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy

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Paperback, 455 pages
Published March 1st 1984 by Westview Press (first published 1957)
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BDT
Mar 07, 2015 BDT rated it it was ok
Love him or hate him, Kissinger is a monumental academic in foreign policy. In this work, he discusses how nuclear weapons change the landscape of international relations amongst great powers and lesser powers.

If you're a student of global politics, this is a must read.
Brian
Oct 30, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it
Ironic that China wasn't really on Kissinger's radar when he wrote this. Still, it gives incredible insight into the mind of the man who defined American diplomacy for a quarter of a century.
Raegan Butcher
May 04, 2008 Raegan Butcher rated it liked it
Icy hearted Henry Kissinger shows how the ruling elites think about the unthinkable.
Timothy
Apr 11, 2016 Timothy rated it it was amazing
A fascinating exploration of the changes necessitated in foreign policy by the introduction of nuclear weapons. Also offers perennially valid observations about the nature of relationships between "revolutionary" and "status quo" powers. Finally, his observations about ascendent powers (USSR, then) are worthy of note and provide excellent context for ascendent powers today (especially China).
Barron
Oct 10, 2007 Barron rated it really liked it
Says that reliance on nuclear weapons as a deterrent may actually deter US from meeting Soviet challenges, unless we are prepared to engage in limited nuclear war as a tool of statecraft. All out nuclear war will not occur if we use skilled diplomacy.
Brian
Sep 28, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An influential treatise that explains a lot of American foreign policy in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger) is a German-born American bureaucrat, diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the Richard Nixon administration. Kissinger emerged unscathed from the Watergate scandal, and maintained his powerful position when Gerald Ford became President.

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