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

Report Date:

1984-05-16

Pagination or Media Count:

87.0

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 Peoples 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 NATOs 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 PRCs strategic approach to international affairs and on the effects of recent personnel and organizational changes in the Chinese hierarchy on the PRCs foreign and defense policies.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE