Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis by Graham Allison, Philip Zelikow

By Graham Allison, Philip Zelikow

The most influental political technology works written within the submit international battle II period, the unique variation of Essence of Decision is a different and interesting exam of the pivotal occasion of the chilly chilly battle. now not easily revised, yet thoroughly re-written, the second one version of this vintage textual content is a clean reinterpretation of the theories and occasions surrounding the Cuban Missle concern, incorporating all new details from the Kennedy tapes and lately declassified Soviet documents. Essence of Decision moment variation, is a bright examine decision-making stressed and is the single unmarried quantity paintings that makes an attempt to respond to the iconic query: how may still voters comprehend the activities in their government?

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Cohen’s essay is one of the three commissioned for the book, the other two being those by Kalpana Misra and Siddharth Mallavarapu. An acknowledged expert on South Asia, Cohen has set out the linkages of Pakistan with the regional security debate to analyse how it became a Cold War ally to the US. Part II, on the prospects for a multipolar world, contains six essays. After the uneasy stability of the Cold War, the behaviour of the US as the sole superpower provides a classic example of hegemonic power in disarray.

The long drawn-out conflict in Vietnam played itself out with the primary goal of promoting two ideologies for world dominance. Its geographical location made Vietnam crucial for both the superpowers for the United States, first as an arms conduit for its China policy in the 1930s, then in its competition with Japan for dominance in the Pacific, and finally in its strident anti-communist crusade; and for the Soviet Union in its struggle against imperialism. Baladas Ghoshal provides an overview of Vietnam’s benighted history during the Cold War.

Subrahmanyam Obviously in terms of nuclear strike capability the US was the superior force. But the US was self-deterred even while exercising deterrence on its adversary. In 1961 the US considered a disarming first strike on the Soviet Union. According to Robert Mcnamara, then Defense Secretary, the idea was abandoned when the US chiefs of staff made it clear that while they might be able to disarm the Soviet Union, they could not guarantee that the US would not receive a few warheads on its soil.

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