Arms Control in Space: Exploring Conditions for Preventive by Max M. Mutschler

By Max M. Mutschler

This ebook places the widely-held view that 'arms regulate in area isn't attainable' to the attempt and goals to discover how, and less than what stipulations, palms keep watch over might turn into a truth. Drawing upon foreign regimes and IR conception, Mutschler examines the luck of area guns and anti-ballistic missiles.

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S. space assets because this makes sense from a military point of view. the space environment cannot possibly be excepted from the reality that war forever abides by us. It goes against a long and extensive historical record to regard the spacious area encasing Earth as a sanctuary from man’s manifold ambitions and trials. S. in space, and eventually on earth. For Hays (2002: 114), the well-known criticism of arms control in general – that it ‘works best when it’s needed least’ – also holds for space.

In other words, proponents of preventive arms control try to make the case for certain preventive arms control measures by pointing out the positive consequences those measures would have (or by pointing at the negative consequences of the neglect of those measures). The conditions under which preventive arms control might be 32 Arms Control in Space established are mostly neglected, and if they are considered, the conclusion is often the true but rather trivial statement that it must be in the interest of states to ban certain weapon technologies.

Finally, some authors argue that since the very concept of the RMA is the achievement of clear superiority, the resulting asymmetry between states makes it unlikely that they will agree on arms control. However, although these authors point out the problems which the RMA poses for arms control, they also state the need to find corresponding Arms Control: Concepts and Debates 29 new ways and methods of dealing with this challenge. One proposal in this regard – particularly in face of the accelerating pace of technological development – is the concept of preventive arms control.

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