Russian policies on strategic missile defense and nuclear arms control: a realist interpretation
Talamantez, Kendrick V.
MetadataShow full item record
Over the past decade, Russia’s reemergence on the international stage has been accompanied by a more aggressive foreign policy agenda. This confrontational Russian behavior lends itself to the conduct of a case study of the international relations theory known as realism. This thesis analyzes Russian decision making on strategic missile defense and nuclear arms control from a realist perspective. Russia’s policies appear to be shaped by realist principles such as zero-sum calculations, the existence of an anarchic international system, and the continuing attempts to alter the balance of power to Moscow’s advantage. Moscow holds that U.S.-led ballistic missile defense (BMD) efforts could not only neutralize Russia’s nuclear deterrent, but upset strategic stability. Russia’s nuclear weapons serve a critical deterrent role and fulfill political purposes, so Moscow is highly resistant to nuclear arms reductions beyond those specified in the 2010 New START Treaty. Russia even seeks to modernize and expand its nuclear arsenal, but it will be constrained by economic realities. Despite these constraints, Russia’s great power ambitions hold potential security risks for NATO countries.
RightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Mears, Jeremy R. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2013-09);Russia can no longer be considered a world superpower, but it remains a great power in terms of strategic global security. Russias importance is based on its nuclear arsenal and permanent seat on the United Nations Security ...
Sullivan, Timothy Mark (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2000-12);This thesis develops multipolar and bipolar propositions for alliance formation, validates these propositions using Russian alliance case studies, and applies these propositions to the post-Cold War international system. ...
The eagle, the bear, and the yurt evaluating Kyrgyzstan's foreign policy behavior with the United States and Russia in the post-9/11 security environment Bernard, Andrew T. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2005-06);The U.S.-led War on Terrorism necessitated engagement strategies with several small states. The policy motivations of small states, however, are often overlooked. Kyrgyzstan is an interesting case as it offered an airbase ...