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Title: U.S. post-bipolar nuclear strategy and strategic defence : U.S. ballistic missile defence after mutual assured destruction
Author: Paul, Rishi Daven
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2011
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On December 13, 2001, President George. W. Bush gave Russia notice that the U.S. would abrogate from the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems (ABM) Treaty. Signed in 1972, this treaty embodied profound significance; it codified Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) into the strategic doctrine of two competing superpowers. In dispensing with the treaty, President Bush signalled his intent to pursue a multi-layered ballistic missile defence system capable of intercepting adversary missiles in all stages of flight. This study seeks to explain why, in view of the uncertainty of the threat of emerging ballistic missile powers, the unproven technological feasibility of the system and the availability of alternative arms control options, the Bush administration still continued to pursue strategic defence. This was the case even after the focus of the national security threat shifted to international terrorism and non-state actors. This study demonstrates that the Bush administration's motivation to pursue strategic defence is is rooted within the shared values of a Republican conservative belief that the U.S. has the fundamental obligation to pursue international primacy. Missile defence as one part of a new Nuclear Triad is tested by this study as a capability designed to deliver this objective.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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