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.