ABM a SALT I: Security Dilemma, Cooperation and Rational Choice


The SALT agreements seem to be outdated, nonetheless the current discussion on the U.S. missile defence systems must be perceived in its complexity and theoretical framework, with AMB treaty as a cornerstone. The article suggests that ABM treaty and Interim Agreement, forming together the outcome of SALT negotiations, demonstrate that rational decisions are fully compatible with arms control system and realist approaches to the international relations. The author supposes that cooperation and mutual trust can be achieved through negotiations and perception of other participants. He also takes into account the impact of Soviet nuclear build-up in 1960s is and its consequences. The important conclusion can be derived from this fact: arms control should be expected more in times of military balance rather that the domination of one world's actor. Key words: disarmament, arms control, mutual assured destruction, and antiballistic missile systems.

Mgr. et Mgr. Jan Ludvík, born in 1984, he graduated from security studies and American studies at he Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK), Prague. In 2009 he lived in the United States, University of Richmond, where he concentrated on independent research into Iranian nuclear programme. At present he is a researcher at the Centre for Social and Economic Strategies, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV), Charles University (CESES FSV UK), Prague, and at the same time he gives lessons of American studies and the security policy of the Czech Republic at the Department of International Relations, FSV UK Prague. He published several treatises namely on American security policy and problems of nuclear weapons.

Country: Czech Republic


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