Accession Number : ADA166162
Title : West European and East Asian Perspectives on Defense, Deterrence and Strategy. Volume 1. Main Report.
Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 1 Dec 82-15 May 84,
Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS INC CAMBRIDGE MA
Personal Author(s) : Pfaltzgraff,Robert L , Jr ; Davis,Jacquelyn K ; Dougherty,James E ; Perry,Charles M
Report Date : 16 May 1984
Pagination or Media Count : 87
Abstract : This report provides a summary, analysis and categorization of the perspectives of defense elites in Western Europe, together with an examination of such perspective in the People's Republic of China, with special emphasis on nuclear capabilities and directly related security issues. In Europe, attention is focused on Great Britain, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. As a distinctive feature of this report, four schools of strategic thought have been developed for each of the European countries under study. Based upon a comprehensive assessment of the defense views held by strategic theoreticians, prominent government policymakers, political party leaders, and others active in the defense debates of Western Europe, these schools of thought provide a unique tool for identifying and evaluating key issues and spokesmen in the West European security debate of the 1980s. The overall objective of this study is to identify and assess the continuities and discontinuities of security perspectives among West European countries (especially concerning NATO's nuclear weapons options) and, on the basis of this analysis, to examine the prospects for maintaining, or strengthening, the consensus upon which European security is based. In its assessment of Chinese security perspectives, this report focuses on the evaluation of the PRC's strategic approach to international affairs and on the effects of recent personnel and organizational changes in the Chinese hierarchy on the PRC's foreign and defense policies.
Descriptors : *MILITARY STRATEGY , *DEFENSE PLANNING , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *DETERRENCE , NUCLEAR WEAPONS , FOREIGN POLICY , NATO , EUROPE , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , SCHOOLS , NETHERLANDS , SECURITY , REPORTS , FRANCE , SPAIN , HIERARCHIES , CHINA , WEST GERMANY , PORTUGAL , WESTERN EUROPE , BELGIUM , UNITED KINGDOM
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE