Riding, Alan
January 1984
Foreign Affairs;1984 Special Issue, Vol. 62 Issue 3, p587
This article examines foreign policy of the United States in 1983, under the administration of President Ronald Reagan. For the Reagan administration, 1983, was to be the moment of truth in the American effort to introduce new intermediate-range weapons into Western Europe and to modernize the U.S. strategic arsenal, primarily with the development of the MX intercontinental missile. By the end of the year, the Soviet Union had suspended its participation in all the principal arms negotiations. In response to the American deployments, the Soviet Union escalated its side of the military competition, complicating the arms race and arms control alike. Instead of the hoped-for breakthrough, diplomacy between the superpowers seemed on the verge of a breakdown. The author argues that an all-out research and development program on military space technology would surely bring the United States sooner or later into violation of all the nuclear arms-control agreements still formally in force between the two countries.


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