Strategic Defenses and Space Weapons


Strategic Defenses and Space Weapons

This symposium, held in London, examined the nature and implications of participation by Western European countries in the Strategic Defense Initiative being undertaken by the United States. The resulting book reviews the technological prospects and limitations of defenses against ballistic missiles, the positions of the U.S. and Soviet governments regarding such defenses, and the reactions of European governments to recent developments on this issue. Particular attention is given to the potential impacts of strategic defense programs on the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and the effects of such programs on the nuclear arms race, on the weaponization of space, and on the chance of nuclear war.

Resulting Publication

  • Strategic Defences and the Future of the Arms Race: A Pugwash Symposium, ed. John Holdren and Joseph Rotblat, with a foreword by Lord Zuckerman. London: Macmillan Press, Ltd., 1987. (out of print)

Project Data

  • PROJECT DATE: 1985-1987
  • PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: John Holdren (University of California, Berkeley) and Joseph Rotblat (University of London)
  • SOURCES OF FUNDING: Joseph Rowntree Social Service Trust, Nuffield Foundation, American Academy


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