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Extended Deterrence And The Prevention Of War
Extended Deterrence And The Prevention Of War
By Paul K. Huth
Yale University Press, 1988, 227 pp.

This is not another book about Europe, a region where Soviet attack is (barely) conceivable but not imminent. Rather its subject is what Huth calls "extended-immediate deterrence" when a protector seeks to deter an imminent attack on an ally. The book's blending of case studies and quantitative analysis is shrewd, and its conclusions are commonsensically provocative for future American policy toward regional conflicts: successful deterrence has combined firm but flexible diplomacy with tit-for-tat military escalation.