The Problem of Strategic Stability

  • Mikhail Milstein


Though the problem of strategic stability is not a new one, we do not have a common and comprehensive definition of it. Partially this is due to the fact that we are dealing with a very complex and, to a certain extent, broad and even controversial issue that touches upon the most important aspect of the relations between the two sides. The controversial part lies in the different approaches to the conditions under which it is possible to achieve strategic stability. Roughly speaking, strategic stability should be defined as the state of politico-military relations and conditions which create mutual interest in peaceful coexistence between the two sides; settling disputes and managing crises in a peaceful way, so that the use of force shall be excluded or restrained in settling disputes, preventing them from growing into military conflicts. This can be achieved only on the basis of mutual interest in such a state, taking into account the security interests of both sides, mutual constraint, mutual concessions that do not affect the interests of national security of either side. Strategic stability cannot be one-sided.


Settling Dispute Military Force Mutual Interest Political Relation Military Conflict 
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