Confidence Building and Arms Control in the East-West Context: Lessons from the Cold War Experience in Europe

by Richard E. Darilek

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This paper attempts to define broadly applicable lessons for the future from the history of arms control that developed during the former East-West rivalry in Europe. It also explores possibilities for applying these lessons to other regions of the world. In particular, the paper asks whether confidence-building measures (CBMs), other similar measures, and verification provisions originally designed to address Cold-War conditions in Europe can usefully be applied to the resolution of political-military confrontations elsewhere.

Originally published in: Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, v. 4, no. 2, Winter 1992, pp. 207-243.

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