1st Edition

The Other Side of Arms Control
Soviet Objectives in the Gorbachev Era

ISBN 9780367537005
Published November 18, 2020 by Routledge
344 Pages

USD $140.00

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Book Description

How does the Soviet Union view the costs and benefits of nuclear arms control? What factors motivate Soviet negotiations with the Western world on this crucial issue? And what, precisely, does the Soviet Union hope to accomplish through nuclear arms control? Originally published in 1988, The Other Side of Arms Control provides an in-depth examination of this too infrequently discussed aspect of the arms race and the ongoing negotiations to halt it.

In The Other Side of Arms Control, Alan B. Sherr argues that the time is now right for significant substantive progress to be made on nuclear arms control: the Soviet leadership under Mikhail Gorbachev has demonstrated greater flexibility and willingness to compromise on a number of difficult issues, including verification. But more important, circumstances within and outside the Soviet Union now make progress on arms control crucial to Soviet political and economic goals as well as foreign policy objectives.

Written in accessible, nontechnical language, The Other Side of Arms Control will be of historical interest to students, teachers, policymakers, and others concerned with the future of nuclear arms control.

Table of Contents

Preface.  1. Soviet Foreign Policy Objectives  2. Soviet Economic Objectives  3. Soviet Military Objectives  4. Nuclear Arms Control Decision Making in the Soviet Union  5. Nuclear Arms Control in Europe  6. Strategic Offensive Nuclear Arms Control  7. Strategic Defensive Nuclear Arms Control  8. Verification  9. Conclusion and Beginning.  Bibliography.  Index.

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