Implications of the START II Treaty for US Russian Relations

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Stimson Report 9

Arbatov, Alexei, ed.

The START II Treaty, signed by Presidents Boris Yeltsin and George Bush in January 1993, was a manifestation of the profound changes in political and strategic relationships between Moscow and Washington.  At the same time, it was a historically unprecedented arms control treaty, envisioning a radical reduction and restructuring of strategic forces with broad strategic, political, and economic implications.

This monograph provides a general overview of the current level and structure of US and former Soviet strategic offensive forces; analyses the main terms and interactions of START I and START II; and examines some of the deficiencies of START II, proposing certain aspects that could be altered to make it more conducive to the continued positive transformation of the US-Russian strategic relationship.  The conclusion contains a list of suggestions designed to facilitate the ratification and implication of START II and to preserve the momentum of joint US-Russian efforts to enhance strategic stability and expand the elements of cooperative management of their strategic relationship.

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