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By Tanya Ogilvie-White

Michael Quinlan’s take hold of of defence coverage – quite that regarding Britain’s deterrence posture – was once moment to none. His profession within the British civil provider spanned 3 a long time, in which time he recommended a variety of governments, together with these of James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher. He used to be heavily enthusiastic about the choice to acquire Trident from the us and, inside NATO, in shaping the rules that ended in the deployment of cruise and Pershing missiles. The letters amassed during this ebook exhibit the and thorough attention that Quinlan gave to his function in executive. additionally they shed gentle upon complicated concerns of ethics and morality, which Quinlan took pains to reconcile along with his paintings in Whitehall. What emerges is a portrait of a committed and talented civil servant, who, in part because of his deep Catholic religion and horror of what he known as ‘atheistic totalitarianism’, looked nuclear deterrence as a strategic necessity. however the correspondence additionally indicates how, in his final years, Quinlan started to re-evaluate the prices and merits of nuclear guns and have become extra drawn to disarmament debates. transferring strength dynamics and uncertainties over the nuclear destiny suggest that the insights of Michael Quinlan’s occupation stay proper today.

‘Michael Quinlan dropped at problems with nuclear deterrence and disarmament a powerful mind, entire dedication and actual ardour. This booklet is a extraordinary testomony to an outstanding public servant and his readiness to interact with a variety of correspondents on a collection of concerns he cared quite a bit about.’
Lawrence Freedman, Professor of struggle reviews, King’s university London

‘A penetrating view into the portentous fight to reconcile the safety and moral dilemmas inherent in nuclear guns. Edited with readability, stability and verve, the Quinlan correspondence takes readers backstage of key chilly battle nuclear-policy debates after which illuminates the post-Cold struggle problem of nuclear disarmament.’
George Perkovich, Director of the Nuclear coverage application on the Carnegie Endowment for foreign Peace

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