The Baroque Debate

Public Diplomacy and Naval Arms Control, 1986-1989

by James L. Lacy


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The public posturing of nations is not usually the best guide to the substance of the ideas upon which they disagree, or to the intensity and extent of their disagreements. In matters of naval arms control, however, the public record takes on special meaning. Neither the East nor the West has had much to say to the other in private that is at variance with public statements. This Note is the second in a series of six RAND examinations of issues, options, and relevant considerations in the naval dimensions of East-West arms control. It is concerned with one aspect in particular — the public diplomacy of naval arms control. The Note reviews the East's various naval overtures since early 1986, and the West's various public responses. It covers developments through early December 1989.

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