AU Press releases Conventional Deterrence Special Edition of SSQ

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Air University Press just released a Conventional Deterrence Special Edition of Strategic Studies Quarterly for winter 2018.  SSQ is an Air Force-sponsored strategic forum on national and international security.


In this issue:

  • An interview with John Mearsheimer, author of the quintessential book, Conventional Deterrence.

  • Stephen Chiabotti from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University writes on Clausewitz as counterpuncher to explain the logic of conventional deterrence.

  • Robert Peters, Justin Anderson and Harrison Menke from National Defense University answer the question:  Should the U.S. reintegrate conventional and nuclear planning strategies?

  • Naval Academy professor Martin Libicki explores cyber capabilities as punishment to deter adversaries.

  • James Wirtz, with Naval Postgraduate School, explains the complicated difference between nuclear and conventional deterrence.

  • RAND’s Karl Mueller assesses the effectiveness of conventional deterrence against a potential Russian invasion of the Baltic states

  • Robert Haffa, from Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and an SSQ advisor, offers a glimpse of the future of conventional deterrence given great power competition. 


The issue is available at


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