The Moscow Agreements and Strategic Arms Limitation

  • Robert O’Neill
  • David N. Schwartz
Part of the Studies in International Security book series (SIS)


The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), which began in November 1969 and are still in progress, are the most important formal arms control negotiations of the post-1945 era. Previous negotiations have been of two kinds. Either they have been sterile polemical exchanges, lacking in seriousness — like the canvassing of rival schemes for general and complete disarmament. Or, in cases where serious discussion and bargaining have taken place, they have concerned subjects which — like the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963 or the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968 — are important in themselves but marginal to the central issue of the nuclear confrontation of the superpowers.


Nuclear Weapon Ballistic Missile Nuclear Proliferation Cruise Missile Super Power 
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    See Alton Frye, ‘Weapons Control: the Qualitative Side’, Washington Post, 18 July 1972.Google Scholar
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    See Donald G. Brennan, ‘When SALT Hit the Fan’, National Review (my reprint not dated). See also his comment in Survival, vol. 14, no. 5, September–October 1972.Google Scholar
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    Harry G. Gelber, Nuclear Weapons, SALT and the Pacific, Chicago: University of Chicago, 1971.Google Scholar

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  • Robert O’Neill
  • David N. Schwartz

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