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Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies

Crossing Nuclear Thresholds

Leveraging Sociocultural Insights into Nuclear Decisionmaking

Editors: Johnson, Jeannie L., Kartchner, Kerry, Maines, Marilyn J. (Eds.)

  • Provides focused case studies on key strategic states like Iran, Ukraine, and North Korea
  • Wide geographic scope of the contributed chapters offers insight into US strategic relations with the Middle East, Europe, and Asia
  • Contributors vary from academics to practitioners and government officials
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About this book

​This book applies the cutting-edge socio-cultural model Cultural Topography Analytic Framework (CTAF) pioneered in the authors’ earlier volume Strategic Culture and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Culturally Based Insights into Comparative National Security Policymaking (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) with an eye towards isolating those vectors of nuclear decision-making on which the US might exert influence within a foreign state. The case studies included in this volume tackle a number of the nuclear challenges—termed “nuclear thresholds”—likely to be faced by the US and identify the most promising points of leverage available to American policymakers in ameliorating a wide range of over-the-horizon nuclear challenges.  Because near and medium-term nuclear thresholds are likely to involve both allies and adversaries simultaneously, meaning that US response will require strategies tailored to both the perception of threat experienced by the actors in question, the value the actors place on their relationship with the US, and the domestic context driving decision-making. This volume offers a nuanced look at each actor’s identity, national norms, values, and perceptual lens in order to offer culturally-focused insights into behavior and intentions. 

About the authors

Jeannie L. Johnson is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Utah State University, USA.

Kerry M. Kartchner is Visiting Lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Policy at Texas A&M University, USA.

Marilyn Maines is Faculty Member at the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland in College Park, USA. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Sociocultural Approaches to Understanding Nuclear Thresholds

    Kartchner, Kerry M.

    Pages 1-28

  • The Cultural Topography Analytic Framework

    Johnson, Jeannie L. (et al.)

    Pages 29-60

  • Iran’s Strategic Culture: Implications for Nuclear Policy

    Gerami, Nima

    Pages 61-108

  • Prospects for Proliferation in Saudi Arabia

    Peterson, J. E.

    Pages 109-139

  • Israeli Strategic Culture and the Iran “Preemption Scare” of 2009–2013

    Giles, Gregory F.

    Pages 141-172

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72670-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72669-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Crossing Nuclear Thresholds
Book Subtitle
Leveraging Sociocultural Insights into Nuclear Decisionmaking
Editors
  • Jeannie L. Johnson
  • Kerry Kartchner
  • Marilyn J. Maines
Series Title
Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72670-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72670-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72669-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 277
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
Topics