Escalation and the Nuclear Option
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A critical discussion of the prevalent consensus that general war can scarcely occur except through escalation from introducing nuclear weapons into lesser conflicts. The Memorandum proposes a systematic examination of this argument by considering special crisis situations in which hostilities might break out, determining at each critical point the real constraints on each side and the various possible options.
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