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Soviet Atomic Blackmail and the North Atlantic Alliance

Published 1957

by Hans Speier

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This paper is part of a broader investigation concerned with the politics of German rearmament after World War II. The author discusses atomic blackmail as it applies to West Germany. While the Soviets can exploit the threat-value of their atomic weapons against European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a new balance of atomic power will be achieved when NATO members acquire their own effective atomic capability. In the paper, the author shows the furtherance of Soviet policy by this type of threat in connection with the Middle East crisis in the fall of 1956.

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