Designed to introduce the reader to the critical issues of arms control and international security in the 1980s, this collection of provocative and challenging articles encourages a rethinking of conventional wisdom on strategic policy. The authors succinctly convey the tensions existing between those who would eliminate the weapons on which strategic deterrence has rested and those who see the Soviet nuclear buildup as a challenge that must be met with increased armaments. They reflect, as well, on the conceptual tension between eliminating nuclear weapons and answering the question of how defense can be managed in the nuclear era. Their contributions are at times compelling, at times frustrating, but at all times informative and of critical importance.
Preface -- The Current Situation in Arms Control and International Security -- Security Without Order: Nuclear Deterrence and Crisis Management in the 1980s -- Some Thoughts About Unilateral Moderation -- Arms Control Policy and Prospects -- Arms Control Policy in the Reagan Administration -- Beginning Nuclear Disarmament at the Bottom -- Arms Control and Technology -- Does the Technological Imperative Still Drive the Arms Race? -- The Threat of the Neo-Luddites -- Arms Control and International Security: Europe and the Soviet Union -- The Soviet View of the Strategic Situation -- Current Aspects of Security and Arms Control in Europe -- The Alternative to Arms Control -- The Alternative to Arms Control -- Other Titles in the Studies in International and Strategic Affairs Series of the Center for International and Strategic Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles