The INF controversy: a confluence of foreign and domestic interests
Gick, Phillip Joseph
Teti, Frank M.
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This study examines national interest theory in the light of the INF controversy. The perceptions and positions of the United States, the Soviet Union, France, the United Kingdom, and several non-nuclear members of NATO are examined and analyzed. The analysis is concerned with alliance and transnational considerations, military capabilities, and domestic political constraints. Where necessary the historical and cultural perceptions, as well as the strategic requirements of the nation involved, are factored in. The study concludes with an overview of the options available to the nations involved in the INF controversy.