The Soviet Stake in Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Moscows recent initiatives in Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions MBFR for Central Europe are probably based on a complex array of political and military factors. These can be illuminated by review of Soviet and Warsaw Treaty Organization overtures on European security and regional arms control measures over the past fifteen years. MBFR negotiations could add impetus to their emerging diplomatic campaigns in Europe and perhaps, in their view, weaken NATO. The Soviets probably do not perceive a military or economic advantage for themselves resulting from an MBFR agreement. Morevover, Moscow probably fears that an MBFR would exacerbate the open desire of a number of her allies to decrease Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe. The Soviets have remained deliberately vague on the specifics of how to go about talks on MBFR but are probably examining alternatives for approaching negotiations. These dilemmas could favor NATOs range of negotiating points in achieving realistic agreement.
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