Khrushchev and the Arms Race: Soviet Interests in Arms Control and Disarmament, 1954-1964

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The Soviet Interest in Comprehensive Disarmament Measures

Soviet Proposals 1957-19621

In the period from 1957 until 1962 Moscow brought forward four different versions of comprehensive disarmament, all of which purported to deal with both nuclear and conventional weapons, and all of which spelled out the steps to be taken through a third and final stage of complete disarmament

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The U.N. Disarmament Commission Subcommittee ( DCSC) was the main venue of negotiations in 1957, when, from March to August, its final session was held. In the aftermath of the Berlin crisis of 1961, the General Assembly endorsed a proposal of the three nuclear powers that an Eighteen Nation Disarmament Committee meet in Geneva early in 1962, composed of eight neutral states in addition to the five Communist and five Western states that made up the Ten Nation Committee on Disarmament in 1960. The Conference of the Eighteen Nation Disarmament Committee ( ENDC) convened in Geneva in March 1962 without France, which consistently refused to take part up to 1966. The other members of the Committee included Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union, Sweden, the U.A.R., U.K., and U.S.

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