War, Peace, and Arms Control

A Review Essay


GEORGE F. KENNAN. The Nuclear Delusion: Soviet-American Relations in the Atomic Age. New York: Pantheon Books, 1982.
STROBE TALBOTT. Deadly Gambits: The Reagan Administration and the Stalemate in Nuclear Arms Control. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
McGEORGE BUNDY, GEORGE F. KENNAN, ROBERT S. McNAMARA, and GERARD SMITH. “The President’s Choice: Star Wars or Arms Control.” Foreign Affairs 63 (Winter 1984–85)

In the 1960s and into the 1970s, arms control was considered essential to our national security and the prospect of enduring world peace. Restraining development and deployment of nuclear weapons was on the “short list” of policy preferences endorsed by most political leaders and citizens alike. We welcomed the Test Ban Treaty, the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty as important restraints on nuclear weapons and significant first steps toward peace. These agreements, we reasoned, lessened the probability of nuclear war.



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