Global Problems and Common Security: Annals of Pugwash 1988

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Josef Rotblat, Vitalii I. Goldanskii
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Science - 267 pages
After many years of sterile arms control negotiations between the super powers, which did not produce a single genuine disarmament measure - and sometimes had the opposite effect of stimulating the development of new weapons to serve as bargaining chips - an agreement to abolish completely two categories of nu clear weapons, the INF Treaty, was signed and is now being implemented. This historical event, the first actual destruction of deployed nuclear missiles (although not of their warheads) became possible largely because of the radical changes in the policies of the Soviet Union, the "new way of thinking", ad vanced by its leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The relaxation of tension that resulted from this policy was one of the factors contributing to the successful conclu sion of the INF Treaty. Another, no less important factor, was the acceptance by the Soviet Union of on-site inspections as a basic element of a verification system essential to ensure compliance with the Treaty. This breakthrough led to the mutual acceptance of an elaborate and precise verification regime, and thus made possible the signing of the INF Treaty, which in tum contributed to the further lessening of tension between East and West. But perhaps the most important factor, one which carries much promise for the future, was the changed approach to security problems.
 

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Contents

Possible? Desirable?
2
SovietAmerican Collaboration on Seismic Monitoring
22
Hopes and Realities
36
Revision of the NonProliferation Treaty
52
The Links Between Nuclear and Conventional Forces
72
Restructuring Conventional Forces in Defensive Modes
86
Adequacy Versus Feasibility in the Scope of the Projected Chemical
105
Towards Conventional Stability in Europe
118
Disengagement in Europe Pugwash Symposium April 1988
155
Economic
171
The Environmental Dimensions of National Security
180
Global Environmental Issues and International Politics
204
International Cooperation for Survival
218
Contributions of Science and Technology to the Alleviation
235
The Role of Health Care in Alleviating Underdevelopment
248
Acronyms
261

Confidence and SecurityBuilding Measures in Europe
136

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