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Open SkiesTransparency, Confidence-Building, and the End of the Cold War$
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Peter Jones

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804790987

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804790987.001.0001

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The Issues Explored

The Issues Explored

(p.36) 3 The Issues Explored
Open Skies

Peter Jones

Stanford University Press

Chapter three explores the issues which arose when the NATO countries began developing a concrete position on Open Skies. Lacking firm guidance from the political level on its basic objectives, this process soon degenerated into a squabble over details. Many in the US sought to develop a regime which would maximize the intelligence-collection aspects of the Treaty. They sought also to develop the regime firmly within the East-West paradigm which had dominated security negotiations for several decades. It was during this period that the first signs of pushback arose. Others began to wonder if the emerging concept of the regime was not too adversarial. Most of these discussions went on within NATO. The few opportunities for interaction with Soviets during this period revealed a cautious, but non-committal approach. There was no opportunity for any kind of “prenegotiation” of the sort which often precedes a major international negotiation.

Keywords:   Bush, Gorbachev, Open Skies, Confidence-building Measure (CBM), Cold War, NATO, Verification, Cooperative Aerial Monitoring, Warsaw Pact

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