Accession Number : ADA195742

Title :   The Soviet Union and Nuclear Proliferation: Policy at a Crossroads.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Rigby, Randall L

PDF Url : ADA195742

Report Date : 02 Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : The Soviet Union has been a major participant of the regime of nations dedicated to limiting the spread of nuclear weapons. Since the early 1960's the Soviet Union has worked closely with the United States to limit nuclear proliferation. In no other area of international relations have the stated goals of the two superpowers been more closely aligned. Recent events indicate that the Soviet Union has parted from the original intent of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and of the International Atomic Energy Association nuclear safeguards and has begun assisting nations that are not participants of the non-proliferation regime. While not specifically calling for a revision of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, the Soviet Union has unilaterally assisted in the spread of nuclear technology to nations that have refused to become members of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. This assistance is examined in the context of the overall Soviet nuclear nonproliferation policy or simply placing political goals above that of international agreements is examined. The paper concludes that the Soviet Union will use nuclear technology as a tool to further its strategic goals. (jhd)

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, *ARMS CONTROL, *FOREIGN POLICY, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, NATIONS, NUCLEAR ENGINEERING, UNITED STATES, USSR

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE