16 mai 2018

On the Objectives of Arms Control


Quote of the week: “If arms control were killed, it would have to be reinvented.” – Paul Warnke The canonical objectives of Cold War-era arms control were laid out in the seminal book by Thomas Schelling and Mort Halperin, Strategy and Arms Control (1961): the avoidance of a war that neither side wants, minimizing the costs and risks of the arms competition, and curtailing the scope and violence of war in the event it occurs. Herman Kahn (with Anthony Weiner) had a somewhat similar take. [...]