Defending Deterrence


Managing the ABM Treaty Regime into the 21st Century: This study analyzed ways in which the underlying objectives of the 1972 Antiballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. could continue to be realized in the future. Participants reviewed the underlying concepts and goals of the ABM Treaty, especially with a view to making the treaty regime adaptable to both future technological developments and possible reductions in offensive nuclear forces, and to providing more effective mechanisms for settling compliance disputes. The resulting volume includes a foreword by U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, then chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

Resulting Publication

  • Defending Deterrence: Managing the ABM Treaty Regime into the 21st Century, ed. Antonia H. Chayes and Paul Doty. Washington, DC: Pergamon-Brassey’s International Defense Publishers, Inc., 1989. (out of print)


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