The ABM Treaty — its Evolution, Interpretation and Grey Areas, and an Official Attempt at Reinterpretation

  • John B. Rhinelander

Abstract

This chapter draws on the experience of the author as the legal advisor of the American SALT I delegation from 1971 to 1972. The official United States SALT I negotiating record is massive but still classified. The author has not had access to it since 1972 and he has never seen the official ACDA history of SALT I, which is also classified. This chapter is consistent with a chapter the author wrote in 1973 which has until recently been the standard unclassified reference in government on the interpretation of the ABM Treaty.2 In analysing the most recent efforts of the Reagan Administration to reinterpret the ABM Treaty this chapter employs statements the author made before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 12 November 1985 and responses the author made on 11 January 1986 to written questions submitted to him by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.3

Keywords

Europe Radar Explosive Boulder Defend 

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© Hans Günter Brauch 1987

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