The Arms Control Challenge to the Alliance

by James A. Thomson

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This paper was originally presented as an address to the North Atlantic Assembly in Plenary Session, The Storting, Oslo, Norway, on September 25, 1987. It considers recent developments in arms control negotiations and their possible effect on the military dimension of Western security policy. The author suggests that because current arms control concerns are working at cross purposes to NATO security policy, an effort should be made to (1) link NATO's conventional arms control position to its defense program and (2) develop realistic expectations about what conventional arms control can accomplish.

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