The future of deterrence and the arms trade

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Deterrence is a strategy adopted by one actor to dissuade another against a particular course action. It usually involves threating force so that the deterrence does not have to use it and with the aim of maintaining the status quo. In the last half century or so, most countries have become increasingly reliant upon the international arms trade to build and sustain their defence forces, rather than redirecting domestic industry towards arms production. This has had a profound and understudied impact on traditional deterrence theory. This chapter examines immediate, general and extended deterrence strategies in these changed circumstances and zeros in to examine the arms trade between America and Taiwan in the context ofan increasingly formidable China.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch handbook on the arms trade
EditorsAndrew T. H. Tan
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK ; Northampton, USA
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781789900996
ISBN (Print)9781789900989
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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