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

exerted a very negative influence on the economic development of the country and on its international image, as well as the living standards of its population. The negotiation and achievement of agreements in the field of arms limitations and disarmament were clearly the only way out of this dilemma.

Such a deep transformation of foreign policy and the thinking of those involved in the decision-making process did not happen overnight, and it was not without conflict. It took a long time to achieve, it was painful and contradictory, and it was accompanied by serious debates and even confrontations between selected personalities within the Soviet leadership. The best way to follow this process is to investigate the evolution of the Soviet negotiating position at the arms control talks. The following chapters are devoted to this problem.


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KGB Chief Vladimir Kryutchkov was later implicated as one of the coup leaders in the August 1991 attempted overthrow of the state. His son Sergey, in the meanwhile, had served the Soviet Union with distinction as a member of the Soviet START Delegation. U.S. Ed.

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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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