The Great Universal Embrace: Arms Summitry--A Skeptic's Account

Kenneth L. Adelman, Author Simon & Schuster $19.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-67206-5
Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from 1983 to '87, the author participated in three summits and played a key role in the 1987 INF (Intermediate Nuclear Forces) Treaty which led to a reduction of nuclear weapons stockpiles and broke new ground in verification techniques. Summit meetings are not conducive to serious business, he opines, recalling that Reagan and Gorbachev ``spent much of their time congratulating one another; the rest was spent misunderstanding each other.'' In this rambling but informative book, Adelman argues that traditional U.S.-Soviet arms control is conceptually bankrupt, and that sound verifiable accords on strategic, conventional and chemical weapons are more likely to be achieved by means of an informal, individual, reciprocal approach: ``Rather than go for an agreement without real arms control, we should seek real arms control without necessarily going for an agreement.'' Current ``pactomania,'' with its naive expectation that ``parchment brings peace,'' is at a dangerous dead end, he stresses. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1989
Release date: 10/01/1989
Genre: Nonfiction
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