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Arms Control

New Approaches to Theory and Policy

Nancy W. Gallagher



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28 February 1998
Arms negotiation & control
A decade has passed since the superpowers began a series of arms control initiatives which now symbolize the beginning of the end of the Cold War, but the passage of time has not resolved disputes about the role of arms control in preserving peace. Both international relations theorists and foreign policy practitioners must decide which security strategy is most appropriate for a post-Cold War world characterized by the decline in superpower hostility and the rise of regional rivalries; the rapid diffusion of knowledge-intensive technologies; and the increasingly complex relationships between political, military, and economic issues. How should arms control theory and policy be altered to improve the prospects for cooperation? The essays in this volume address this question by exploring the complexity of national arms control decision-making and multilateral negotiations, and the challenges of reaching domestic and international agreement on verification. Conscious that the gulf between theory and policy is growing at a time when the need for policy-friendly theory is greater than ever, the authors offer a range of jargon-free views from the academic and policy-making worlds, some arguing that growing interdependence creates both the need and the opportunity for a radical reorientation of arms control efforts, while others contend that increasing complexity in arms control problems still constrains what can be negotiated and ratified.
Edited by:   Nancy W. Gallagher
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   295g
ISBN:   9780714643632
ISBN 10:   0714643637
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   28 February 1998
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Studies in Conflict - ...a first class study...Nancy Gallagher has not only edited the collection but has also written a vital chapter in which she explores the gaps between theory and policy, or one might equally say between theory and practice. Choice- Overall, the book is a substantial contribution to the literature in the field, and it will be a valuable acquisition for professional and academic libraries. Diplomacy and Statecraft - It is impossible in a short review to reflect the diversity and importance of the issues addressed by the authors. They are particularly good at analyzing the internal restraints which hamper US arms control policy, they are less effective at illuminating the difficulties faced by a Great Power in influencing regional actors who are frozen into rigid confrontational postures. Nevertheless, apart from the lack of a bibliography, this is an excellent collection of essays combining practical experience and academic analysis. It rightly emphasizes the sorts of novel approaches which diplomat and statesmen must take up if arms control is going to contribute to regional stability and to discourage horizontal proliferation. The Journal of Strategic Studies - Arms Control: New Approaches to Theory and Policy is a valuable and timely addition to the literature on the topic...It is essential reading for all interested in the future of arms control and disarmament. Trust and Verify, No 89, Feb 2000 Well informed and thought-provoking essays. ... Rather than organising the book around specific arms control regimes, this volume adopts a fresh approach and looks at the problems that cut across different areas.

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