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Author Ambrose, Matthew J., author

Title The control agenda : a history of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks / Matthew J. Ambrose
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2018
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Contents Introduction : the promise of control -- Arms control : context and precedents -- Negotiation : a new dimension in strategic competition -- Aftermath and adaptation : the origins of SALT II -- "In good faith" : Carter's gambit -- "Thinking out loud" : the struggle with sprawl -- "Summary -- bleak" : the unraveling of detente -- INF : the last gasp of SALT -- Conclusion : the consequences of control
Summary The Control Agendais a sweeping account of the history of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), their rise in the Nixon and Ford administrations, their downfall under President Carter, and their powerful legacies in the Reagan years and beyond. Matthew Ambrose pays close attention to the interplay of diplomacy, domestic politics, and technology, and finds that the SALT process was a key point of reference for arguments regarding all forms of Cold War decision making. Ambrose argues elite U.S. decision makers used SALT to better manage their restive domestic populations and to exert greater control over the shape, structure, and direction of their nuclear arsenals. Ambrose also asserts that prolonged engagement with arms control issues introduced dynamic effects into nuclear policy. Arms control considerations came to influence most areas of defense decision making, while the measure of stability SALT provided allowed the examination of new and potentially dangerous nuclear doctrines.The Control Agendamakes clear that verification and compliance concerns by the United States prompted continuous reassessments of Soviet capabilities and intentions; assessments that later undergirded key U.S. policy changes toward the Soviet Union. Through SALT's many twists and turns, accusations and countercharges, secret backchannels and propaganda campaigns the specter of nuclear conflict loomed large.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Strategic Arms Limitation Talks II -- History.
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks -- History.
Nuclear arms control -- Soviet Union -- History.
Nuclear arms control -- United States -- History.
USSR -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017031400
ISBN 1501709372 (electronic bk.)
9781501709371 (electronic bk.)