START: The Beginning or the End to Arms Control
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ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Strategic Arms Reduction Talks or START, initiated in June 1982, are negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union which seek reductions in their strategic offensive arsenals. Arms control has been a key objective of our national security strategy. This paper focuses on the START negotiations, viewing them as a microcosm of the arms control process. It addresses the goals of arms control and the status of the current treaty. In viewing the history of START, the longest negotiated yet unsigned treaty to date, the paper identifies factors that have affected the negotiations and the arms control process. The study then looks at two key issues, the SS-18 and verification regimes which may have significant impact specifically on the future of START and in general the future of arms control.
- Government and Political Science