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Thomas M. Nichols on History News Network

Welcome to the new age of preventive war, in which states and their leaders will no longer be content to wait for signs of imminent attack in order to strike first, and will choose instead to eradicate even potential threats long before they can fully ripen into major terrorist attacks or mature into working weapons of mass destruction.

The quote above is from Thomas M. Nichol’s new History News Network essay, "The Coming Age of Preventative War". In this piece, Nichols, Professor of Strategy and Forrest Sherman Chair of Public Diplomacy at the United States Naval War College and author of Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War, outlines the concepts that will shape future geopolitical violence and calls for truly international governance over the use of preventive force.