The Big Five: Arms Control Decision-Making in the Soviet Union

By Aleksandr' G. Savel'Yev; Nikolay N. Detinov et al. | Go to book overview

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ALEKSANDR'G. SAVEL'YEV is the Vice President of the independent Institute for National Security and Strategic Studies in Moscow. He participated in the Soviet-American Nuclear and Space Talks in Geneva as an advisor to the Soviet Delegation and as the representative of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.
GENERAL-LIEUTENANT NIKOLAY N. DETINOV was actively involved in crafting the Soviet position for arms control negotiations from the late 1960s until the early 1990s. He participated directly in SALT ( 1969-72), the Vladivostok Summit between Leonid Brezhnev and Gerald Ford ( 1974), the Helsinki Conference ( 1976), and the Soviet-American Nuclear and Space Talks (START, INF, and DST, 1985-1991). He is presently a senior analyst in a scientific center of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a participant in the Russian-American joint Global Protection Program.
GREGORY VARHALL ( Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Ret.) is an arms control expert who served for three years as an advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on the U.S. DST Delegation at the Nuclear and Space Talks in Geneva. He also backstopped the DST Talks and the ABM Treaty in Washington and was an American INF Treaty Inspector who oversaw the elimination of INF weapons in the Soviet Union.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms vii
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • 1- The Historical Background 1
  • Notes 13
  • 2- The Politburo Commission For The Supervision of The Negotiations 15
  • Notes 30
  • 3- The Big Five and The Small Five 31
  • Note 42
  • 4 - The Salt II Talks: The Decision-Making Mechanism in Action 43
  • Notes 53
  • 5- "Euromissiles" and The Principle of Equal Security 55
  • Notes 68
  • 6- The Start Negotiations And the Final Period Of Superpower Confrontation 71
  • Notes 80
  • 7- The Return to The Negotiations: the Prelude To Perestroyka 83
  • Notes 94
  • 8- The Krasnoyarsk Affair 95
  • Notes 109
  • 9- Perestroyka and the Further Refinement of The Decision-Making Mechanism 111
  • Note 122
  • 10- Medium-Range Nuclear Weapons Negotiations: Was the "Zero Option" Really So Bad? 123
  • Notes 139
  • 11- The Start Treaty: Who Made Concessions to Whom? 141
  • Note 150
  • 12- The Difficult Path to The Start Treaty 151
  • 13- Defense and Space Issues: A Field for Future Negotiations? 163
  • Notes 182
  • 14- The Big Five: from Its Birth To Its Death 183
  • Note 192
  • 15- Reflections 193
  • Index 195
  • About the Authors and Editor 205
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