Implications of Strategic Defense Deployments for US Russian Relations

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Report 4

Arbatov, Alexei ed.

This study was commissioned in December, 1991 to address what had been heretofore under-researched questions:  Is there a cohesive “Russian” position on ballistic missile defenses?  What are the motivations, expectations, and interpretations of key segments of the Russian national security community regarding “cooperative” work with the United States on ballistic missile defenses?  Will pursuit of ballistic missile defenses in the next decade augment or detract from the security relationship between the United States, Russia, and the other former Soviet republics?  The report clarifies why Russian signals have been mixed, and lends clarity to the diverse views held on the subject of strategic defenses in the former Soviet Union.

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