Accession Number : ADA132028

Title :   Potential Threats to U.S. Soviet Deterrence: the Political Dimension,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Van Oudenaren,John

Report Date : NOV 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : This paper analyzes the stability of U.S.-Soviet deterrence against the background of a changing global environment. It argues that a potential cause of instability is the clash between U.S. and Soviet views on the role of the unrealized military potential (in the form of economic power) outside the hands of the two superpowers. Soviet interests are served by the development of a special relationship with the U.S. in which the latter in effect policies its allies to prevent them from challenging Soviet equality. From the American perspective, however, it grows increasingly difficult to both defend third areas against the Soviet Union while at the same time policing these areas on behalf of the Soviet Union. Hence the American disillusionment with detente. The paper then suggests three possible ways in which the international order might develop so that the conflicting views of the U.S. and the USSR on the meaning of equality do not threaten deterrence. (author)

Descriptors :   *International relations, *Balance of power, *Detente, *United States, *USSR, Political alliances, Threat evaluation, Threats, War potential, Geopolitics, International politics, Deterrence, Arms control, Crisis management, Government(Foreign), United States government, Demography, Economic warfare, Global, Power, Management planning and control

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE