THE SOVIET UNION AND ARMS CONTROL
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The primary purpose of the paper is to provide a frame of reference in which the subjects of arms control, limited war, and peacekeeping may be related to both current Soviet disarmament policy and to wider questions of the Soviet Unions aims and behavior on the international scene. The Soviet Union at best is moving only slowly and grudgingly toward acceptance of the on-going system of normal competitive striving among national states. The prospects for the future will not greatly improve until the Soviet leadership is more fully persuaded that the time has come to lay down its messianic burdens and get on with the business of satisfying the needs and inner aspirations of the society over which it rules. In that event, the Soviet rulers may come increasingly to perceive that Soviet security and economic well-being can be better served by seeking broader areas of cooperation with the United States, rather than acting upon the assumption that the policies of the Soviet Union and its chief Western adversary are grounded upon an irreconcilable clash of interests.
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