Research Paper

Missile Defense and the Strategic Relationship among the United States, Russia, and China

Tong Zhao and Dmitry Stefanovich
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American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Table of Contents


Managing the Impact of Missile Defense on U.S.-China Strategic Stability

Clarify Strategic Intention
Demonstrate Interest in Cooperative Measures
Manage the Connection between Strategic and Regional Missile Defenses
Address the Overlap of Missile Defense and Anti-Satellite Technologies
Mitigate the Impact of North Korea
Reduce Crisis Instability

The Indispensable Link: Strategic Defensive Capabilities as a Cornerstone of Arms Control and Arms Racing

Classic Offense-Defense Link
Russian Reaction to U.S. Missile Defense Efforts
Space Capabilities—Perceived from Earth
Russian Concepts and Programs
The Chinese Vector
Prospects for Future Arrangements