Nikolai N. Sokov

Articles by Nikolai N. Sokov

13 March 2014
Europe/Russia

Why Russia calls a limited nuclear strike "de-escalation"

Nikolai N. Sokov

Since 2000, Russian military doctrine has included the concept of “de-escalation”—the idea that, if Russia were faced with a large-scale conventional attack, it might respond with a limited nuclear strike aimed at forcing an opponent to retreat. Here's why.