Conventional arms control in Europe was not a serious prospect until the mid-1980s. Yet within 5 years the Cold War drew to an end with a series of complex agreements to mark its peaceful military conclusion. This book examines the role of arms control as an important element in any European security architecture. It develops the concept that arms control, from being unimportant prior to the 1990s, now represents a significant part of the increased military engagement and cooperation between East and West
Explores the changing role of conventional arms control in Europe, using an epistemic community/network approach. Early chapters provide a historical perspective, looking at the context, foundations, main provisions, and institutional structure of major agreements. Later chapters discuss the continuing and likely future roles of the OSCE and NATO in the arms control process. Final chapters examine agreements at the OSCE Instanbul Summit in 1998 and challenges posed to existing arrangements by emerging security threats. The author is affiliated with the University of Essex. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
European conventional arms control: importance, conceptions and definitions; The 1980s: rapid progress and the changing political environment; The institutional network: agreements and procedures; The organisation for security and co-operation: innovation and limitation; NATO and conventional arms control: from closed alliance to real co-operation; Arms control in the new century: the Istanbul OSCE summit; The new security environment: how important is arms control in the `new' Europe?; The future: small steps; Index.