Arms Control and European Security

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Conventional Arms Control in Europe: Beyond MBFR and CDE

Graeme P. Auton

After 15 years of stalled and frustrated talks at the Vienna negotiations on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (MBFR), it seems that the time for conventional-force reductions in central Europe may finally be at hand. On June 11, 1986, the Warsaw Pact states issued their "Budapest appeal" proposing a substantial reduction of ground and tactical air forces stationed in Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals. 1 Six months later the NATO ministers responded with a call for negotiations that would "eliminate existing disparities" and "establish conventional stability at lower levels." 2 In an apparent concession to the argument that the Warsaw Pact's conventional advantage on the central front requires larger reductions in the East than in the West, General Secretary Gorbachev spoke in an April 1987 Prague speech of "a certain asymmetry in the armed forces of the two sides in Europe, due to historical, geographic, and other factors." "We are," he said, "for redressing the imbalance existing in some of the elements, not through the build-up of the trailing party but through the build-down by the one that has broken away."3

Subsequently, at the May- June 1988U.S.-Soviet summit in Moscow, Gorbachev advanced an ambitious proposal that would require both sides to (1) exchange data on conventional forces in the reductions zone and verify, through on-site inspections, the accuracy of that data; (2) identify asymmetries in the deployed forces of NATO and the Warsaw

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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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