The Two Alliances Ready Themselves
A major paradox of the current Vienna force reduction talks is that the West has a chance to gain major concessions from the Soviet Union that it may not be prepared to accept. In recent years the Soviet Union has become more and more committed to holding talks with the West on force reductions in Europe and apparently more and more willing to meet the West’s terms for such talks. But at the same time NATO has remained unconvinced that deep force reductions will enhance its security and less flexible than the Pact in its prerequisites for reductions. The reasons for the divergence are worth examining here, for they are obstacles that must be resolved in order to make real progress in Vienna.
KeywordsNuclear Weapon Warsaw Pact Military Confrontation Surprise Attack Soviet Force
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