Building without a Cornerstone: The Indispensable Role of CFE in the European Security Structure
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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For more than 20 years, the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe CFE Treaty has been a cornerstone of European security. The transparency and confidence-building accomplished through the other European security instruments are necessary, but not sufficient to prevent conflict in Europe over the long term. Therefore, the United States should pursue negotiation of a conventional arms limitation treaty to replace CFE. The treaty s central purpose should be to reestablish meaningful limits on conventional armed forces in Europe, in order to provide a high degree of certainty among neighbors and the wider European community that conventional force levels will not see a return to the unstable levels that existed prior to CFE. Concluding a new conventional limitations treaty will further U.S. interests by 1 decreasing the likelihood of a conventional arms race in Europe 2 contributing to stabilization and eventual resolution of enduring or frozen conflicts 3 establishing more favorable conditions for the advancement of U.S. nuclear disarmament goals, and 4 setting conditions for the further promotion of arms control initiatives outside of Europe.
- Government and Political Science