Technical and political aspects of arms control negotiation : the 1958 Experts' Conference.
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An analysis of the first technical conference to investigate the possibility of detecting violations of an agreement on the suspension of nuclear tests. This conference illustrated clearly the interplay of political and technical factors and the incompatibility of Communist and Western approaches to technical discussion. The results of the 1958 Experts' Conference and of later technical and political talks indicate that it is unrealistic to expect political and technical questions to be kept separate. The author suggests that if the scientists attending the Geneva Experts' Conference had had more explicit and detailed guidance before going to the meeting, they would have been better prepared to handle the political pitfalls that appeared. (See also RM-2821-ARPA.
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