American Foreign Policy towards Nuclear Disarmament, 1945-1999
AbstractThe dawning of the age of nuclear weapons brought major new types of reliance systems for national security, and also put humanityâ€™s survival at risk. This essay examines the evolution of U.S. policy toward testing of nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament, during the Cold War and in the years since it ended. It discusses major treaties and other agreements intended to discourage the spread of nuclear weapons amongnations, to restrict testing, and to bring actual reductions of nuclear stockpiles. It explores strategic choices and the complex, often competing considerations involved.
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