The Critique of Deterrence and National Security during the Thermonuclear Revolution

9 May 2016, 1.00 PM - 9 May 2016, 2.00 PM

Casper Sylvest

Room G2, 10 Priory Road

Room G2, 10 Priory Road

Global Insecurities Centre Seminar Series Spring 2016 Programme.

This talk will be delivered by Guest Speaker Casper Sylvest from The University of Southern Denmark.


In this talk Casper Sylvest will introduce his and Rens van Munster’s new book Nuclear Realism: Global Political Thought During the Thermnuclear Revolution (Routledge, 2016). Following an outline of the rationale and structure of the book, he will elaborate two dimensions of the political thought offered by the group of oppositional and radical-cum-realist thinkers that take center stage in the book: their critical analysis of nuclear deterrence and their critique of the US national security state during the height of the Cold War. At a time when ‘liberal’, ‘modern’, ‘democracy’ and ‘civilization’ were firmly installed as the underpinnings of the free world, these thinkers were part of a minority opinion that questioned the doctrine of deterrence and anxiously observed the political culture that accompanied the rise of the national security state in American society. Finally, the importance and function of these critiques are discussed.


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