THE REAGAN-GORBACHEV ARMS CONTROL BREAKTHROUGH

THE REAGAN-GORBACHEV ARMS CONTROL BREAKTHROUGH

David T. Jones, ed.

New Academia Publishing/VELLUM Books, 2012
410 Pages, 18 photos
ISBN 978-0-9860216-4-0 paperback
ISBN 978-0-9860216-3-3 hardcover

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About the author

David Jones retired following 30 years of active duty with the Department of State and a career focused on politico-military affairs and arms control. His assignments included special assistant to the INF Treaty negotiator and State Department deputy for the INF Senate Ratification Task Force. He was foreign affairs advisor to two Army chiefs of staff and political minister counselor at the U.S. embassy in Ottawa, Canada.

In retirement, he has written hundreds of columns, articles, and reviews on U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-Canada relations, and a study for the Una Chapman Cox Foundation on The Future of POLADs in the 21st Century, and has coauthored a book on life in the Foreign Service (Forever Tandem) and a book on our bilateral relations with Canada (Uneasy Neighbo(u)rs), published by John Wiley & Sons. Separately, he has had ten assignments as a State Department annuitant working on human rights issues and a two-year assignment with the State Department Historian’s Office assessing the Clinton administration's Middle East peace process.

 

About the book

This book analyzes the elimination of intermediate- range nuclear force missiles through vivid, fresh impressions by those who conducted the INF negotiations.

 

This book brings this period to life through the writing of key participants in the seminal negotiations leading to the completion of the INF Treaty and the ensuing epic struggle to secure its ratification by the U.S. Senate. The book provides an astute balance between the assessments of senior negotiators; “nuts and bolts” observations on specific elements of the Treaty by in-the-trenches negotiators; the tangles that challenged the keenest of legal minds; and the political maneuvers required to bring it through the pits and deadfalls of the Senate.

 

Additionally, The Reagan-Gorbachev Arms Control Breakthrough provides an often-forgotten perspective of the moment, offering the opportunity for retrospective judgment. Is there a test that time demands?  Are there “lessons learned,” conceived at the time, that still pass that test?

 

The INF Treaty was a pivotal moment in history, which was seized and resulted in a precedent-setting agreement and coincidental lessons from which much of arms control of the past quarter century has advantageously built.

 

This  is a book in the ADST Memoirs and Occasional Papers Series.

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