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The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy

Authors: Keir A. Lieber, International Affairs Fellow, and Daryl G. Press
March/April 2006
Foreign Affairs


For four decades, relations among the major nuclear powers have been shaped by their common vulnerability, a condition known as mutual assured destruction. But with the U.S. arsenal growing rapidly while Russia's decays and China's stays small, the era of MAD is ending -- and the era of U.S. nuclear primacy has begun.

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