Defense By Other Means: The Politics of US-NIS Threat Reduction and Nuclear Security Cooperation (Hardback)Jason D. Ellis (author)
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The quest to limit nuclear weapons was a notable feature of the U.S.-Soviet relationship during the Cold War. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, in what history may come to judge as the Clinton administration's greatest foreign-policy achievement, an agreement was reached with key former Soviet republics to eliminate their nuclear weapons. Ellis provides a timely and authoritative analysis of the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program, which removed nuclear arsenals equivalent to the combined stockpiles of Britain, France, and China, and ultimately made a significant contribution to U.S. national security at a relatively small cost.
In a fascinating examination of the interplay of domestic and foreign policy, Ellis traces the debates within Congress and the foreign policy establishment, as well as the situation on the ground in Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, and he details the implementation of the CTR program. He concludes with a look at the current challenges, especially the thousands of non-strategic nuclear warheads still in Russian possession, and prospects of ongoing CTR efforts.
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 537 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm
"YThis book provides and excellent base on which to build a further understanding of U.S. policy on future threat-reduction programs and legislation. Ellis presents the information in such a manner that even without a thorough knowledge of arms control or nuclear disarmanent the book is enjoyable and easy to understand....Military personnel working in arms control, strategic planning, or military-to-military programs relating to NIS from the FSU will find this book a good reference."-Military Review
?[T]his book provides and excellent base on which to build a further understanding of U.S. policy on future threat-reduction programs and legislation. Ellis presents the information in such a manner that even without a thorough knowledge of arms control or nuclear disarmanent the book is enjoyable and easy to understand....Military personnel working in arms control, strategic planning, or military-to-military programs relating to NIS from the FSU will find this book a good reference.?-Military Review
"The Nunn-Lugar program is an historic example of Defense by Other Means.' This book examines the program adroitly, and has major implications for U.S. security policy as we enter the 21st century."-Gary K. Bertsch University Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Trade and Security University of Georgia
"The most comprehensive study of the post-cold war era's most innovative defense program, the Nunn-Lugar program to secure and reduce the Soviet Union's vast nuclear arsenal. The author shows not only scholarly depth, but strong insight into the policymaking process. Anyone interested in understanding the key nuclear security issues of our time should read this book."-Ashton B. Carter John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University Former Assistant Secretary of Defense responsible for the Nunn-Lugar program
"Defense By Other Means tells the story of how the U.S. government struggled to organize itself to manage its contribution to the miracle. For students of bureaucratic politics or those simply interested in how their government works, this book will be an eye-opener. Dr. Ellis deserves much credit for capturing in highly readable prose the complexities of the policymaking process as he heard it directly from those involved. This book fills an important niche in the history of the period."-James E. Goodby Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
"Jason Ellis gives us an authoritative and comprehensive account of the U.S. path toward cooperative threat reduction with Russia and states of the former Soviet Union. This book looks back and helps us understand why it has taken so long for the country to provide assistance to Russia and other states to help control and reduce their arsenals of weapons of mass destruction. Those who read this book will gain an appreciation of the political, policy, and bureaucratic forces that needed to be overcome to achieve this important purpose."-John M. Deutch Institute Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence
"The publication of Defense by Other Means could not be more timely, since the scope of the threats posed by the leakage of weapons of mass destruction technologies and resources in Russia and other former Soviet states now appear to be larger and more enduring than originally believed. The book provides a comprehensive geography of the initiatives and U.S. policy debates that produced the various Nunn-Lugar' cooperative programs designed to reduce these threats. It thus serves as an indispensable guide for Nunn-Lugar observers, nonproliferation specialists, and scholars of both American security policy and U.S.-Russian security relations."-Todd E. Perry Washington Representative Union of Concerned Scientists
"The Nunn-Lugar program--which originated on Capitol Hill--has played a critical role in post-Cold War U.S. relations with the Soviet successor states. It is a great example of the proactive and constructive role Congress can play in U.S. foreign policy. Yet, is also reminds us of the various partisan, resource, ideological, and other challenges inherent in crafting a consistent, long-term policy course in a region of vital interest to U.S. national security. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the contemporary Congressional role in making United States foreign policy."-David McCurdy President, Electronic Industries Alliance and former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence