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

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Reflections

We understand that our book does not provide the reader with a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the totality of the arms control and disarmament decision-making process in the former Soviet Union. We have not managed to include a retrospective of such important arms control areas as the negotiations on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions in Europe (MBFR), confidence building measures (CBMs), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and other negotiations of which we had no firsthand knowledge. Questions related to these issues can better become the subject of additional or special studies made by other authors. We have written of what we know, and we know that other participants will eventually write their own chapters; we only hope that this will occur before memories dim, so as to memorialize, so to speak, the contributions of hundreds of "players" on both sides.

We also realize that there can be more than one explanation for the events described in this book, which can be viewed from either a Western or a Soviet viewpoint, or from a more neutral standpoint. Alternatively, they can be viewed with regard to the most dramatic events, those connected with radical changes in the Soviet approach to the security problems and, therefore, with changes in the Soviet official positions at the

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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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