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Fire In the East: The Rise of Asian Military Power and the Second Nuclear Age

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On May 11, 1998, India began testing nuclear weapons.
The world will never be the same. The Indian test of five atomic bombs, and the Pakistani tests that answered a few weeks later, marked the end of the arms control system that has kept the world from nuclear war for half a century. As Paul Bracken, professor of management and political science at Yale University, explai
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 20th 2000 by Harper Perennial (first published June 1st 1999)
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Greg
Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a provocative book that lays out a very different analysis on the reasons for the proliferation of missile and nuclear weapons technologies in the developing world. The author has a different analysis than the standard balance of power rational calculations that are common in the pages of Foreign Affairs. Here are the reasons:

1. Post-colonial armies were peasant armies that were agents of nation-building (and repression) that have become sclerotic and have always been ineffective at war-
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Tim
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very impressive how well the strategic issues reviewed in this book published in 1999 stand up today. Bracken rips the Western reader out of the western mindset and explores real issues in power and geopolitics. He attacks the western concept of "Asia" and the impact of nuclear testing.

Extremely thoughtful!
Mcd0nag
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
A little dated, but a chilling discussion of the scary and destabilizing world arising from nuclear proliferation in Asia. Not a lot of hope in this message, and Bracken gives the clear impression that the major powers do not have a good solution to this challenge.
Jeffrey Cavanaugh
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
A somewhat dated, banal examination of the changing strategic dynamics in Asia given the acquisition of advanced missile and WMD technology by Asian states.
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