The Decisive Factors in Arms Control Policy
To draw specific conclusions regarding Soviet interests in arms control during the Khrushchev decade, it is necessary to return to the assumptions with which this analysis began. With these as a starting point, a close look has been taken at several forces that underlay Soviet interests in arms control, namely the changes over time in the strategic-military situation, in the external political outlook, and in the economic and the internal leadership situations. Our conclusions center on the nature of these factors and their interaction, as they influence the formation of Soviet interest -- or disinterest -- in arms control in the decade under study.
A few explanatory words should be said about these factors and the relationship between them. Although they are treated in similar fashion, and have even been rank-ordered in accordance with their apparent relative saliency as determinants, they are not in fact completely comparable. The first three factors -- military, external political, and economic -- represent both objective situations with which Soviet leaders