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The Art of Creating PowerFreedman on Strategy$
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Benedict Wilkinson and James Gow

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851163.001.0001

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Strategic Scripts and Nuclear Disarmament

Strategic Scripts and Nuclear Disarmament

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(p.291) 16 Strategic Scripts and Nuclear Disarmament
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The Art of Creating Power
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Matthew Harries

Benedict Wilkinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851163.003.0017

This chapter spans Freedman’s earliest focus on nuclear weapons and his development of strategic scripts as an analytical tool over three decades later. It discusses the way in which opposing logics of disarmament and armament co-existed in relation to nuclear weapons. It deploys the notion of strategic scripts to explain the contradictions inherent in approaches to nuclear disarmament, developing the concept of strategic scripts as it does so. The notion of scripts can be used to explore and even to promote nuclear disarmament. Two scripts, one of ‘stable reduction’, the other of ‘disarmament’, each serve to frame thinking. These scripts and the interactions they generate facilitate understanding of the way in which opposite instinctive reactions and, stemming from these, scripts about nuclear weapons co-exist, but are fragile as either an analytical or a strategic tool.

Keywords:   Strategic Scripts, Nuclear Weapons, Disarmament, Armament, Strategic tool

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