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Nuclear Warfare is Urban Warfare: How Urban Geography Shapes Nuclear Strategy

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The paper offers a novel theory on the effects of urban geography on nuclear strategy. It is the first theory that seeks to explain variation in the nuclear strategies of great powers and lesser powers alike, drawing on case studies of developments in the US, Soviet Union and United Kingdom as well as nuclear thinking in a variety of other nuclear and quasi-nuclear countries. I argue that perceptions of absolute and relative urban vulnerability, which are in turn related to degrees of urban concentration and how they compare to their rivals’, inform countries' choices of nuclear strategy. High urban vulnerability encourages reliance on deterrence by punishment and discourages damage limitation strategies. Low urban vulnerability is less constraining, allowing for a greater variety of strategies, including strategies that attempt to leverage relative degrees of vulnerability for signaling and coercive bargaining.
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Nedal, Dani. "Nuclear Warfare is Urban Warfare: How Urban Geography Shapes Nuclear Strategy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition, TBA, San Francisco, CA, Aug 31, 2017 <Not Available>. 2018-06-19 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1258007_index.html>

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Nedal, D. , 2017-08-31 "Nuclear Warfare is Urban Warfare: How Urban Geography Shapes Nuclear Strategy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition, TBA, San Francisco, CA <Not Available>. 2018-06-19 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1258007_index.html

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Abstract: The paper offers a novel theory on the effects of urban geography on nuclear strategy. It is the first theory that seeks to explain variation in the nuclear strategies of great powers and lesser powers alike, drawing on case studies of developments in the US, Soviet Union and United Kingdom as well as nuclear thinking in a variety of other nuclear and quasi-nuclear countries. I argue that perceptions of absolute and relative urban vulnerability, which are in turn related to degrees of urban concentration and how they compare to their rivals’, inform countries' choices of nuclear strategy. High urban vulnerability encourages reliance on deterrence by punishment and discourages damage limitation strategies. Low urban vulnerability is less constraining, allowing for a greater variety of strategies, including strategies that attempt to leverage relative degrees of vulnerability for signaling and coercive bargaining.


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