Arms control and disarmament: the new intra-alliance debate

by Maurice Eisenstein

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This paper discusses Mikhail Gorbachev's "peace offensive" and NATO members' perceptions of and reactions to the Soviets' arms reduction policies as they affect the NATO position on disarmament. The author suggests that Soviet unilateral arms reductions might lead to calls for removal of some or all nuclear weapons from Europe, and he cautions against believing the Soviets' stated intentions to reduce arms. Negotiations on conventional arms control should emphasize the need for improved methods of force monitoring in order to enhance stability between NATO and Warsaw Pact countries.

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