Arms Control and European Security

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Arms Control and Gorbachev: The View From the Public

Werner J. Feld

From the signing of the SALT II agreement in June 1979 to the signing of the INF treaty by President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev in December 1987, more than eight years passed without an arms-control agreement, though negotiations were conducted intermittently with respect to conventional forces in central Europe, chemical and biological weapons, strategic arms reductions, and--of course--intermediate- range nuclear forces. It was only after Mikhail Gorbachev assumed the position of general secretary of the CPSU on March 10, 1985, following the short-lived tenures of Yuri Andropov and Constantin Chernenko, that new life was instilled in the arms-control agenda (as, indeed, a new era of domestic and foreign policy appeared to have begun in the Soviet Union). Since 1985 the leaders of the two superpowers have held summit meetings at Geneva, Reykjavík, Washington, and Moscow; the INF treaty has become law; the Soviet Union has set in motion its withdrawal from Afghanistan; Gorbachev has twice visited the United States; and the general secretary has announced--in his December 1988 speech to the U.N. General Assembly--a significant unilateral cutback of conventional forces.

Not surprisingly, then, there has been considerable speculation about the impact of Gorbachevs polices and personality on arms control and the course of East-West relations. His January 15, 1986 call for the elimination of all nuclear weapons by the year 2000 in three stages ( 1990,

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  • 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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