Re nuclear weapons strategic, political, or cultural instruments?

Could you please do your best to mainly use your opinions from from the articles listed on the referencing requirements?
i. Barash and Webel (2002), Peace and Conflict Studies, Chapter 4:  The Special Significance of Nuclear Weapons , and Chapter 14:  Disarmament and Arms Control .

ii. Braun and Chyba (2004),  Proliferation Rings: New Challenges to the Proliferation Regime, International Security, vol. 29, no. 2: 25-43.

iii. Baylis et al., eds, (2002, 2nd ed: 2007), Strategy in the Contemporary World, Chapter by Davis and Gray:  Weapons of Mass Destruction or Walton and Gray,  The Second Nuclear Age (depending on edition).

iv. Boyle (2002), The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence, read Introduction and Conclusion.

v. Buzan (1987), An Introduction to Strategic Studies, Chapter 13:  The Debates about Deterrence .

vi. Caldwell and Williams (2006), Seeking Security in an Insecure World, Chapters 3, 4, and 5.

vii. Christie, Wagner and Winter (2001), Peace, Conflict, and Violence, Chapter 7: Britton,  Weapons of Mass Destruction .

Re nuclear weapons strategic, political, or cultural instruments?

to write a detailed and analitical assessment of the question asked, also i have included some references of a wide range so that it may help the writer.
Alan Collins ed. (2007), Contemporary Security Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Dan Caldwell and Robert E. Williams, Jr., Seeking Security in an Insecure World (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006)

Terry Terriff, Stuart Croft, Lucy James, and Patrick Morgan (1999), Security Studies Today (Cambridge: Polity Press).

Peter Hough (2004), Understanding Global Security (London: Routledge).

Michael Sheehan (2005), International Security: An Analytical Survey (London: Lynne Rienner).

Buzan and Herring (1998), The Arms Dynamic in World Politics, Chapters 3 and 13.

Web-resource (n.d.), The Political Economy of War, available online at PoliticalEconomyWar.htm