Arms Control and European Security

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Introduction

Robert J. Jackson

The Committee on Atlantic Studies was established in 1964 to promote transatlantic dialogue on important international issues. Since that time it has grown and regularly reaches well beyond its immediate membership, involving politicians, scholars, students, and the general public in informed debate on important foreign affairs and defense questions.

This volume reflects the stimulating and sometimes controversial discussions that took place among members and guests of the Committee on Atlantic Studies at their annual meeting in October 1987. On the eve of the Washington Summit, scholars from both sides of the Atlantic gathered on the campus of Trinity College in Toronto, Canada, for a series of private and public meetings to discuss the implications of the "new" arms control for European security. This resulting volume--in which the authors have had the opportunity to "update" their earlier conference contributions, taking into account subsequent arms-control developments and the 1988 U.S. presidential election--provides a timely assessment of arms-control issues from a variety of European and North American perspectives.

Arms control has arrived at a significant crossroads, not only with respect to East-West accord but also in terms of its implications for the transatlantic relationship between the United States and its European allies. The Soviet Union and the United States have agreed to a treaty eliminating intermediate-range and short-range ballistic missiles, and

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1: The Conceptual Dimensions of Arms Control 5
  • Notes 21
  • 2: Atlantic Security vs. Arms Control: A New European Imbalance? 25
  • Notes 38
  • Notes 38
  • 3: START, SDI, and Arms Control 41
  • Notes 56
  • 4: The Soviet Union and Arms Control 59
  • Notes 70
  • 5: Arms Control and Gorbachev: The View From the Public 73
  • Notes 93
  • 6: Conventional Arms Control in Europe: Beyond MBFR and CDE 95
  • Notes 108
  • 7: The CSCE Process: A Way to European Peace in Security 111
  • Notes 125
  • 8: Arms Control and NATO's Maritime Dimension 127
  • Notes 142
  • 9 - Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones: A Northern European Perspective 145
  • 10: Political Accommodation and Conflict Avoidance: Superpower Accord on the Neutral Status of States 159
  • CONCLUSIONS 173
  • CONCLUSIONS 174
  • Selected Bibliography 179
  • Index 193
  • About the Editor and Contributors 203
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