The South Atlantic Crisis of 1982: Implications for Nuclear Crisis Management
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The Falklands War began on April 2, 1982, when Argentina forces occupied the Falkland Islands in pursuit of their long-standing claim to sovereignty. Britain immediately sent a task force to the South Atlantic to recover the islands, and by the middle of June it had achieved this objective. This Note examines the course and management of the conflict and assesses its potential relevance to nuclear crises. It addresses the variety of specific nuclear features that have been attributed to the conflict and also considers a more general set of concerns related to escalation. The Note was prepared as part of the Avoiding Nuclear War project conducted jointly by The RAND corporation and the RANDUCLA Center for the Study of International Behavior.
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