Great Power Security Cooperation

Great Power Security Cooperation : Arms Control and the Challenge of Technological Change

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This book explains the conditions under which great powers are likely to cooperate to improve their security by engaging in qualitative arms control. In agreeing to limit or proscribe certain classes of weapons, states will constrain their military capabilities and therefore decrease the threat they pose to potential adversaries. Focusing on the expected military impact of technological change and the capacity of states to confidently monitor the activities of its negotiating partners, it may be possible to forge lasting agreements that improves the security of the participating states. However, at other times, the nature technological change may force states to engage in competitive behavior, precluding cooperation and increasing the probability of conflict.
Examining a diverse set of cases, including the Washington Naval Conference, The World Disarmament Conference at Geneva, the Baruch Plan for the International Control of Atomic Energy, and the SALT I Accords (including the ABM Treaty), this volume presents a persuasive, comprehensive and interesting contribution to the literature on arms racing and arms control, and should be of interest to students of international relations theory and security studies. By presenting a theoretical-informed model that explicitly links the security strategies of states to their choices about development and deployment of new weapons and, consequently, their willingness to engage in arms control cooperation, this book provides an important refinement upon existing theoretical and historical approaches.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2 Charts
  • 0739189433
  • 9780739189436

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Understanding Security Cooperation And Technological Change Chapter 2. The Washington Naval Conference Chapter 3. The World Disarmament Conference Chapter 4. The Baruch Plan And The Atomic Bomb Chapter 5. The Salt I Accords
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A meticulous exploration of the subtle logic of qualitative arms control. Kearn delves into the historical maneuvers and machinations which the great powers have pursued so as to maximize the strategic advantages of technological change. -- Mark Zachary Taylor, Georgia Institute of Technology David Kearn examines a question of immense policy importance -what accounts for the success and failure of great power attempts to regulate their competitions in advanced weaponry by arms control. His scholarship is wide ranging. His writing style is forceful. His argumentation is convincing. His conclusions and policy projections are sobering. With the emergence of an arms competition involving the United States and the great powers of Asia, Kearn's analysis could not be more timely. -- John H. Maurer, U.S. Naval War College
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About Jr. David W. Kearn

David W. Kearn is assistant professor of government and politics at St. Johns University.
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