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The Strategic Defense Initiative : Ronald Reagan, NATO Europe, and the Nuclear and Space Talks, 1981-1988 / Ralph L. Dietl.

Author / Creator Dietl, Ralph, author.
Imprint Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2018]
Description xx, 181 pages : 24 cm
Language English
Subject Reagan, Ronald.
Reagan, Ronald.
Strategic Defense Initiative -- History.
Diplomacy -- History -- 20th century.
Diplomacy.
Diplomatic relations.
Strategic Defense Initiative.
United States -- Foreign relations.
United States.
History.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11720496
ISBN 1498565654
9781498565653
9781498565660 (ePub ebook)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-169) and index.
Summary The Nuclear and Space Talks revolutionized arms control. The Cold War endgame commenced with the umbrella negotiations' that linked START and INF negotiations to a regulation on the weaponization of space. This volume reveals a US grand strategy to replace deterrence with a collective security order. An entente of the superpowers was needed to transform bipolarity. The US planned the replacement of mutually assured destruction by mutually assured security. A global astrodome was to protect a nuclear disarmed world. The Franco-German special relationship in European affairs had to be amended by a US-SU special relationship to replace classic bloc politics. The Reagan Administration planned a global zero agenda, a joint development of a global protective system and a creation of a Common House of Europe. In brief, the superpowers prepared 'the velvet revolution' that eliminated the Cold War structures. Neither containment nor convergence offers a valid explanation of the Cold War endgame. Co-creation is the key to decipher the end of the Cold War. NATO Europe challenged the transformation of bipolarity. The European NWS resisted to a multilateralization of strategic arms control. In Europe the classic Cold War thinking survived the fall of the Iron Curtain. European conservatism contributed to the geopolitical catastrophe of the first order: the downfall of the Soviet Union. The Reagan Administration developed a Grand Strategy to end the Cold War. The US-SU co-creation of an astrodome was meant to ease a global zero agenda. A global collective security structure under the United Nations was to replace deterrence. The superpower project collapsed due to the penetration of US decision-making by NATO Allies. The European NWS totally objected to a multilateralization of strategic arms control to preserve their relative position in the international system. --
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