10-D - Topic 10 D What relationship, if any, does the...

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Topic 10 D What relationship, if any, does the Arbatov text see between “nuclear deterrence” and international arms control treaties? Writing of nuclear deterrence strategy and the effect of arms control treaties, Arbatov and Dvorkin 1 that arms control is limited because it has so far failed to fundamentally alter the logic behind mutually assured destruction and its counterpoint, nuclear deterrence. Arbatov and Dvorkin contend that a reduction in arms does not remove the governing force of nuclear deterrence; the ability to protect oneself against a nuclear strike is maintained by the ability to strike first against the enemy’s nuclear arsenal. Thus deterrence and a strike first capability are in positive feedback, where increasing the ability to strike first will increase deterrence of the enemy, who will have to increase the strike first ability as a result. In order to maintain a first-strike capability, countries must be constantly expanding their ability to conduct operations based on the implementation of new C4
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