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The U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms race ended in détente, but nuclear development efforts and WMD proliferation in India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Iran have caused geopolitical instability since the Cold War's end. RAND has applied strategic analysis to nuclear confrontation scenarios and international deterrence efforts since its earliest work on game theory, with particular focus on the roles of both diplomacy and missile defense systems in global as well as regional security.

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    How Does North Korea Evade Sanctions?

    Sep 23, 2021

    The United Nations has imposed increasingly restrictive sanctions on North Korea after each of the six nuclear weapons tests that it conducted between 2009 and 2016. Enforcement has been mixed, and North Korea has become adept at several techniques to evade sanctions.

  • Russian Mi-28N helicopters fly in formation at the Dubrovichi range near Ryazan, Russia, August 2, 2015, photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

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    Where Russia Markets and Sells Advanced Conventional Weapons

    Jun 11, 2021

    Russia uses arms exports to further relations with other countries, influence their political and military leaders, and further its broader foreign and defense policy goals. A series of maps show the extent of its marketing, negotiating, and sales of key weapons systems.

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    Arms Interactions and Arms Control

    A consideration of some basic issues in the international arms competition.

    Jan 1, 1968

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    The Soviet Union and arms control

    A discussion of arms control, limited war, and peacekeeping as they relate to current Soviet disarmament policy and to Soviet general aims and behavior in international affairs. The paper includes comments on GCD (General and Complete Disarmament) a...

    Jan 1, 1966

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    Space Arms Control: Trends, Concepts, Prospects

    This paper concentrates on a study of prohibitions on the deployment of weapons of mass destruction in outer space.

    Jan 1, 1964

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    Soviet influences on an arms control environment

    A discussion of the Soviet concept of arms control and disarmament and its influence on an arms control environment. Considerations motivating a genuine Soviet interest in arms control and disarmament are contrasted with those arguing against seriou...

    Jan 1, 1964

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    The Soviets and the U-2 Photos — An Heuristic Argument

    A contribution to the research being done at RAND in the field of aerial reconnaissance. It attempts to provide a clearer understanding of Soviet reactions to U.S. reconnaissance activities.

    Jan 1, 1963

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    Strategic Ambiguity, Asymmetry and Arms Control: Some Basic Considerations

    An examination of some novel arms control questions that have arisen during Project RAND research on central war strategies.

    Jan 1, 1963

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    Some factors bearing on Soviet attitudes toward disarmament

    A presentation of possibly relevant factors bearing on Soviet attitudes toward disarmament under two broad categories: pro-considerations which may furnish motivation for "genuine" Soviet interest in arms control and disarmament; con-considerations w...

    Jan 1, 1963

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    A Sampling Inspection Problem in Arms Control Agreements: A Game-Theoretic Analysis

    An investigation of sampling for arms-control agreements.

    Jan 1, 1962

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    Technical and political aspects of arms control negotiation : the 1958 Experts' Conference.

    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 inco...

    Jan 1, 1962

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    Good Disarmament -And Bad

    There are several roads to, and several kinds of, disarmanent.

    Jan 1, 1961

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    On Stability In Deterrent Races

    A discussion of the distinction between deterrence and defense as military objectives and the effect of the distinction on the arms race and prospects for arms control.

    Jan 1, 1961

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    Mechanics of some limited disarmament measures: a simple economic treatment.

    An attempt to determine how disarmament measures affect the economics of military power. The study suggests that although the broader the definition of weapon systems limited by an arms control measure, the greater is its effect, if successive expans...

    Jan 1, 1961

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    The issue of nuclear test cessation at the London Disarmament Conference of 1957 : a study in East-West negotiation

    The presentation of the argument that negotiations can be important and decisive even when they do not result in agreement, and that this has been especially true of contemporary negotiations on arms control. For example, the 1957 London conference o...

    Jan 1, 1961

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    The Diffusion of Nuclear Weapons to Additional Countries: The "Nth Country" Problem

    It has been widely held that the spread of nuclear capabilities is disadvantageous for U.S. security and that an effort to stop it should receive highest priority in disarmament policies. It is the aim of this study to examine the validity of this proposition.

    Feb 15, 1960

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    The Violation of Arms-Control Agreements: Deterrence vs. Detection

    An examination of the likelihood that a potential violator of an arms control agreement will not be deterred by the risk of detection unless he fears that his gains from an evasion will be outweighed by unfavorable consequences.

    Jan 1, 1960

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    Psychological inspection.

    A description of the "psychological inspection" approach to the problem of disarmament. By this method violations of an arms-control agreement will be sought in people, not in places. Psychological inspection will concentrate on people at various lev...

    Jan 1, 1960

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    Benjamin Boudreaux

    Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in philosophy, University of California at Berkeley; M.S. in foreign service, Georgetown University; B.A. in economics and philosophy, New York University

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    Samuel Charap

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science, University of Oxford; M.Phil. in Russian and East European studies, University of Oxford; B.A. in political science and Russian, Amherst College

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    William Courtney

    Adjunct Senior Fellow
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Brown University

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    Brian Dolan

    Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, University of Cincinnati; B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering, SUNY Buffalo