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INF Treaty Anniversary


June 1, 2013, is the 25th Anniversary of the implementation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. This treaty eliminated nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with intermediate ranges, defined as between 500-5,500 km (300-3,400 miles), from Europe. Today, missile defense remains a point of policy contention between Russia and the United States in a global environment were intermediate range missile capabilities are proliferating among nations like Iran and North Korea. The Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press has produced a wealth of superb research and analysis on relevant policy, regional actors, and strategic implications for the United States, its allies and partners. Some of this research can be obtained by clicking on the appropriate publication links that follow.

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    Strategic Stability: Contending Interpretations

    Edited by Elbridge A. Colby, Michael S. Gerson.
    This edited volume offers the most current authoritative contemporary survey of the concept of strategic stability, a central plank in U.S. policy on nuclear weapons and great power relations.

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    Added September 21, 2012

    Russia and the Current State of Arms Control

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    The chapters in this volume focus on Russian developments in arms control in the light of the so-called New Start Treaty signed and ratified in 2010 by Russia and the United States in Prague, Czech Republic.

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    Added August 10, 2012

    Arms Control and European Security

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank, COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr.
    Is the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty dead, or waiting to be reborn? These three papers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia illuminate the complexities and dilemmas facing any attempt to raise the vexed issue of conventional arms control in Europe.

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    The Next Arms Race

    Edited by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski.
    As the United States and Russia negotiate to bring their number of deployed nuclear weapons down, China, India, Pakistan, and Israel continue to bump their numbers up while a growing number of smaller states develop “peaceful” nuclear programs that will bring them closer to getting bombs if they choose. Welcome to the brave new world of tighter, more opaque nuclear competitions, the focus of The Next Arms Race—a must read for policy analysts and planners eager to understand and prevent the worst.

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    Tactical Nuclear Weapons and NATO

    Edited by Dr. Tom Nichols, Dr. Douglas Stuart, Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland.
    What is the role that tactical or non-strategic nuclear weapons (NSNWs) play in NATO defense policy and strategy? This book examines the key issues surrounding this question as the Alliance seeks to redefine itself in the 21st century and meet the requirements in the Defense and Deterrence Policy Review.

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    Forecasting Zero: U.S. Nuclear History and the Low Probability of Disarmament

    Authored by Jonathan Pearl.
    Should the United States relinquish its nuclear weapons? This monograph discusses both the technical and political factors related to the future of American nuclear weapons.

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    Russian Nuclear Weapons: Past, Present, and Future

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    A new work by leading Russian, European, and U.S. experts analyzing the multiple issues of force structure, doctrine, strategy, and Russian national security policy connected with Russia’s reliance on nuclear weapons as the main deterrent of threats to its security.

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    Arms Control and Proliferation Challenges to the Reset Policy

    Authored by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.
    What are the prospects for further progress in the reset policy with Russia regarding arms control and nuclear proliferation by North Korea and Iran? This monograph attempts to postulate where we are, and possibly where we should be going, or will be going, with respect to these issues.

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    Nuclear Power's Global Expansion: Weighing Its Costs and Risks

    Edited by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski.
    Will the global spread of nuclear power programs, which could bring many more countries much closer to acquiring nuclear weapons capabilities, be an inevitable consequence of energy market economics? Or is such an expansion impossible without government subsidies and new policies to support them? This volume showcases the analyses of some of the world’s leading energy experts to shed light on this key 21st century security issue.

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    Reviewing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)

    Edited by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski.
    Why does the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) warrant support as a nonproliferation convention?

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    The North Korean Ballistic Missile Program

    Authored by Dr. Daniel A. Pinkston.
    North Korea has never officially abandoned its objective of “completing the revolution in the south” and has continued an alarming military buildup. The ballistic missile inventory now totals about 800 road-mobile missiles, including about 200 Nodong missiles that could strike Japan.

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    Pakistan's Nuclear Future: Worries Beyond War

    Edited by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski.
    After Pakistani President Musharraf imposed a state of emergency in November 2007, the political turmoil that followed raised concerns that Pakistan’s nuclear assets might be vulnerable to diversion or misuse. This volume details precisely what these worries might be.

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    North Korea's Military Threat: Pyongyang's Conventional Forces, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Ballistic Missiles

    Authored by Dr. Andrew Scobell, Captain USN John M Sanford.
    Although North Korea remains an economic basket case that cannot feed and clothe its own people, it nevertheless possesses one of the world’s largest armed forces. Whether measured in terms of the total number of personnel in uniform, numbers of special operations soldiers, the size of its submarine fleet, quantity of ballistic missiles in its arsenal, or its substantial Weapons of Mass Destruction programs, Pyongyang is a major military power. North Korea’s latest act to demonstrate its might was the nuclear test on October 9, 2006.

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    Gauging U.S.-Indian Strategic Cooperation

    Edited by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski.
    The volume offers U.S. and Indian policy and law makers a detailed checklist of things to watch, avoid, and try to achieve in order to assure U.S.-Indian strategic cooperation succeeds.

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    Russia, Iran, and the Nuclear Question: The Putin Record

    Authored by Dr. Robert O. Freedman.
    This monograph demonstrates that Moscow, especially in the Putin era, has not been helpful with U.S. efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program. It also illustrates the dangers Moscow faces in pursuing such a pro-Iranian policy.

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    Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran

    Edited by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski, Mr. Patrick Clawson.
    This book examines what additional security threats Iran might pose as it becomes increasingly capable of making nuclear weapons, what steps the United States and its friends might take to deter and contain it, and what should be done to assure Iran's neighbors do not follow in Tehran's nuclear footsteps.

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    The Impact of Missile Threats on the Reliability of U.S. Overseas Bases: A Framework for Analysis

    Authored by Mr. Joel Wuthnow.
    Despite changes in the global security environment stemming from the end of the Cold War, U.S. overseas bases remain vulnerable to ballistic and cruise missiles. This publication explains how technical, strategic and political factors will pose complex and discrete concerns, and makes a series of policy recommendations for how best to diminish the threat.

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    Theater Missile Defense in Japan: Implications for the U.S.-China-Japan Strategic Relationship

    Authored by Colonel Patrick M. O'Donogue.
    The author highlights the significant and ongoing contribution of the U.S. Army in deterring war, executing smaller-scale contingencies, and shaping the security environment. He advocates a robust, pro- active Army presence for the foreseeable future. Such a presence will ensure the promotion and protection of U.S. national interests in the region.