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dc.contributor.advisorTsypkin, Mikhail
dc.contributor.advisorYost, David
dc.contributor.authorTalamantez, Kendrick V.
dc.dateSep-14
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-05T20:10:55Z
dc.date.available2014-12-05T20:10:55Z
dc.date.issued2014-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/44008
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractOver 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.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/russipoliciesons1094544008
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleRussian policies on strategic missile defense and nuclear arms control: a realist interpretationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorRussiaen_US
dc.subject.authorballistic missile defenseen_US
dc.subject.authornuclear arms controlen_US
dc.subject.authorrealismen_US
dc.description.serviceSecond Lieutenant, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Europe And Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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