Original essays deal with many aspects of the complex problems of arms control. This volume also provides an understanding of the political, strategic, technological, and bureaucratic constraints affecting the development of arms control policies by major powers.
“A fascinating book, unusually consistent and of high quality; the separate contributions and the summaries of the discussions bear many marks of careful and thorough preparation; a business-like minimum of jargon and a bearable level of wishful model-making enhance its appeal. . . . The last section is a summary of what the 1972 agreements comprise, with a brief but very perceptive analysis. . . . Though it is principally concerned with SALT, [the book] is careful to avoid only super-power preoccupations and perspectives.”—International Affairs
“This is an important book. . . . Heretical thoughts on stability, on the political meaning of the arms race, on important asymmetries between the superpowers, upon the dangers and opportunities of strategic tripolarity, and upon nuclear proliferation, are scattered throughout the length of this book. It deserves to be widely read.”—International Journal
A collection of original essays dealing with many aspects of the complex problems of arms control, this volume provides an understanding of the political, strategic, technological, and bureaucratic constraints affecting the development of arms control policies by major powers. Among the diverse subjects examined are American and Soviet interests in arms control, and the rationale for arms control in alternative international systems based upon either bipolarity or multipolarity.
The volume also includes a discussion of the critical technological factors which have important implications for the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT), an examination of structural change in the international system, the emergence of additional centers of power, and the implications of SALT for would-be nuclear powers.
Contributors: Robert R. Bowie, J. I. Coffey, James E. Dougherty, Wynfred Joshua, Geoffrey Kemp, Takeshi Muramatsu, George H. Quester, Robert A. Scalapino, Ian Smart, William R. Van Cleave, Thomas W. Wolfe, and the editors.