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Thinking About Nuclear WeaponsPrinciples, Problems, Prospects$
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Michael Quinlan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563944.001.0001

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Arms Racing, Costs, and Arms Control

Arms Racing, Costs, and Arms Control

(p.88) 8 Arms Racing, Costs, and Arms Control
Thinking About Nuclear Weapons

Michael Quinlan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter first discusses whether the term ‘arms race’ is accurately applied to the history of nuclear-armoury development, and whether the costs of such development have been disproportionate to their value. It then examines the contribution which arms control agreements can make to reducing cost, risk, and uncertainty in the stable management of nuclear deterrence. It illustrates from the Cold War period some of the complications, both political and technical, that can arise in the shaping of such agreements, and the difficulty of including smaller armouries like that of Britain in formal limitation bargains. It next considers what future there is for bilateral US/Russia deals, and finally notes the value of nuclear-weapon-free zones and certain treaties constraining the deployment of nuclear weapons into new environments.

Keywords:   arms control, arms race, costs, nuclear-weapon-free zones, stable management, US/Russia deals

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