Britain, NATO and Nuclear Weapons: Alternative Defence by Ken Booth, John Baylis

By Ken Booth, John Baylis

An exam of nuclear fingers keep watch over and defence containing papers that current opposing facets of the controversy. Nuclear deterrence, Britain's defence price range, the country of Anglo-American family, NATO innovations and Mr Gorbachev's safety preparations in Europe proposals are discussed.

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It is clearly important for anti-nuclear opinion to broaden the political base of their cause. This will include trying to shape the thinking of whatever party emerges from the SDP-Liberal merger. It also means, at the grass-roots level, trying to change the outlooks of those who presently cannot imagine that there is any safer future than indefinitely pursuing the guidelines set down in the late 1940s. 20 Alternative Defence When Labour works on its defence proposals in the months and years of opposition ahead, the public can expect a lively and somewhat acrimonious show.

Leaving aside the argument that that would not matter since the SS-20s represent an economic cost to the Soviet Union rather than leverage in the daily game of nations - what is significant is not simply the successful multilateral negotiations at the end of the INF story but the flexibility and unilateralism shown by Gorbachev just before; it was this that made a successful agreement possible. Since 1985 Gorbachev has regularly outflanked the West over arms control. The domestic problems he faced also concerned his predecessors: the new factor in the equation - the one that made agreement possible - was Gorbachev's personality, including his willingness to travel the next step.

If the United States had not been developing groundlaunched cruise missiles and did not have a qualitatively different Pershing system, then it is unlikely that the SS-20 would have been 'countered' in the way chosen. It had been evident by the mid-1970s that the US military-industrial complex was doing and would do its utmost to see that the relatively cheap and accurate cruise systems Ken Booth 29 would be deployed in many modes and in large numbers. Development had gone too far to be ignored.

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