Accession Number : AD0778915

Title :   Soviet Attitudes toward MBFR Past History and Future Prospects.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Davis,John R.

Report Date : 11 JAN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : Negotiations between NATO and Warsaw Pact countries for a mutual reduction of forces in Central Europe have begun. In view of domestic pressures for a reduction of US forces in Europe, the prospects for agreement upon a mutual reduction are largely dependent upon Soviet attitudes. Some insight into those attitudes is discernible from a review of Soviet policy and pronouncements since World War II. Current Soviet views are also explored to reflect the Kremlin's viewpoint. They indicate a favorable climate for mutual force reductions but only on the 'rinciple of parity'. The future prospects are then reviewed, considering such factors as Soviet strategic parity, Ostpolitik, cohesion of the 'socialist' bloc, military political influence, SinoSoviet relations, Soviet manpower and economic problems, and the progress of detente. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *USSR, *Political science, *Military forces(Foreign), Europe, Arms control, NATO, Agreements, International relations

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE