Soviet Nuclear Policy under Gorbachev: A Policy of Disarmament


This work explores the profound changes in Soviet nuclear arms control policy that have occurred under Mikhail Gorbachev. Calingaert argues that the Gorbachev leadership has embarked on a new policy of nuclear disarmament, one that allows the Soviets to divert resources to industrial modernization, restructure the armed forces, and join the global economy, thereby revitalizing their economic strength and exerting a renewed influence on international affairs. Among the topics analyzed are innovation in policy formation, economic inducements for disarmament, changes in national security aims and nuclear strategy, and the diplomacy of arms control.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1991