U.S.-Soviet Nuclear Arms Control

Where We Are and How We Got There

by Strobe Talbott

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This paper reviews recent obstacles to progress in arms control negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union. The author attributes the current status of arms control to both the situation that the Reagan Administration inherited when it came into office and to unresolved disagreements within the administration itself. He sees grounds for cautious optimism that the arms-control process can be revived but warns of the danger that the negotiations within the government, on issues such as the real negotiability of cruise missiles and strategic defenses, will continue to no avail.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Occasional paper (Soviet) series. The occasional paper series was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1985 to 1992. It included the occasional paper education (OPE) and occasional paper Soviet (OPS), which was issued jointly by the RAND/UCLA Center for Soviet Studies (CSS) to facilitate the exchange of ideas among those who shared the research interests of the Center and of scholars participating in its research and seminar programs.

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