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Conflict and cooperation in intra-alliance nuclear politics: Western Europe, America and the genesis of Nato's dual-track decision, 1977-1979

Spohr Readman, Kristina (2011) Conflict and cooperation in intra-alliance nuclear politics: Western Europe, America and the genesis of Nato's dual-track decision, 1977-1979. Journal of Cold War Studies, 13 (2). pp. 39-89. ISSN 1531-3298

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Abstract

On the basis of recently released archival sources from several member-states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), this article revisits the making of NATO's landmark 1979 dual-track decision. The article examines the intersecting processes of personal, bureaucratic, national, and alliance high politics in the broader Cold War context of increasingly adversarial East-West relations. The discussion sheds new light on how NATO tried to augment its deterrent capability via the deployment of long-range theater nuclear missiles and why ultimately an arms control proposal to the Soviet Union was included as an equal strand. The 1979 decision owed most to West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt's political thought and initiative. Intra-alliance decision-making, marked by transatlantic conflict and cooperation, benefitted from the creativity and agency of West German, British, and Norwegian officials. Contrary to popular impressions, the United States did not truly lead the process.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/jcws
Additional Information: © 2011 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
E History America > E151 United States (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2011 12:44
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32155/

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