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Russian Policies on Strategic Missile Defense and Nuclear Arms Control: A Realist Interpretation

Russian Policies on Strategic Missile Defense and Nuclear Arms Control: A Realist Interpretation published on

Authored by Naval Postgraduate School

Over the past decade, Russia’s reemergence on the international stage has been accompanied by a more aggressive foreign policy agenda. This confrontational Russian behavior lends itself to the conduct of a case study of the international relations theory known as realism. This book analyzes Russian decision making on strategic missile defense and nuclear arms control from a realist perspective. Russia’s policies appear to be shaped by realist principles such as zero-sum calculations, the existence of an anarchic international system, and the continuing attempts to alter the balance of power to Moscow’s advantage. Moscow holds that U.S.-led ballistic missile defense (BMD) efforts could not only neutralize Russia’s nuclear deterrent, but upset strategic stability. Russia’s nuclear weapons serve a critical deterrent role and fulfill political purposes, so Moscow is highly resistant to nuclear arms reductions beyond those specified in the 2010 New START Treaty. Russia even seeks to modernize and expand its nuclear arsenal, but it
will be constrained by economic realities. Despite these constraints, Russia’s great power ambitions hold potential security risks for NATO countries.

Publication Date:
Dec 26 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1505747988 / 9781505747980
Page Count:
86
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Political Science / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union

16.95

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