Walter C Clemens, Jr.

Walter Clemens is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Boston University.

  • Khrushchev and the Arms Race

    Soviet Interests in Arms Control and Disarmament, 1954–1964

    Lincoln P Bloomfield, Walter C Clemens, Jr., and Franklyn J. C. Griffiths

    Since the death of Stalin the leaders of the Soviet Union have shown new flexibility in their dealings with the West. The test ban, the hot-line, the bombs-in-orbit resolution, and other limited arms control agreements of the early 1960's suggested the existence of forces at work in Soviet policy that might serve to moderate the arms race. At the same time Moscow has continued some of the hardline policies and propaganda of the past, making still more elusive the prospects for serious arms controls.

    What were the changes that took place in Soviet policy during the “Khrushchev decade”? What factors were most important in shaping Moscow's outlook toward the arms race, disarmament, the West, China, and the “third world”? What lessons for the late 1960's and the 1970's might be learned from this extraordinary recent period?

    Under the sponsorship of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, a team of experts at M.I.T.'s Center for International Studies spent 18 months asking – and seeking to answer – these questions. Using all available sources, including many hitherto unresearched primary Soviet and Chinese materials, they analyzed in depth the chief factors in the period that appeared to influence Soviet arms control policy – the military balance, the political posture of the West, pressures within the Communist world, the economic cost of the arms race, and the power struggle within the Kremlin.

    From this emerges a scholarly and highly readable analysis of one of the principal problems – and enigmas – of our times, with implications for the future that affect every American.

    This is the only thorough history of Soviet disarmament policy for such a long (and recent) time period, and the most systematic and multidisciplinary study of Soviet disarmament policy for any time period. It is unique in the intensity and extensiveness of its analysis.

    This book will be of value to specialists and students in the fields of arms control, strategy, Soviet affairs, and international relations, as well as to concerned citizens.

    • Hardcover $30.00


  • Sino-Soviet Relations and Arms Control

    Sino-Soviet Relations and Arms Control

    Morton H. Halperin

    This book, which offers the work of a group of distinguished contributors, is designed to clarify the bearing of the arms control issue on the Sino-Soviet dispute and to suggest future policy directions for the United States.

    Arms control and security issues have been at the heart of much of Russian-Chinese disagreement since the opening of the rift in the 1950's. This book, which offers the work of a group of distinguished contributors, is designed to clarify the bearing of the arms control issue on the Sino-Soviet dispute and to suggest future policy directions for the United States. Specifically, the contributors seek to illuminate the security problems facing the United States and to examine the prospects for arms control as they are affected by conflict within the Communist world.

    Sino-Soviet Relations and Arms Control begins with the observation that the Soviet Union and Communist China use disarmament talk as a way of pointing out issues of major importance in their dispute, of competing for support within the third world and the Communist bloc, and of expressing genuine disagreement over the fundamental causes of the Sino-Soviet rift.

    The first section of the book deals with the impact of the Sino-Soviet dispute on the arms control policies of the Soviet Union, China, and the United States. The authors argue that arms control is possible without China, that the Chinese are unlikely to be interested in arms control agreements in the near future, and that arms control could be of paramount importance to relations among the three countries. Part II of the book is a historical exploration of the interrelation between specific arms control measures and the Sino-Soviet dispute. The authors give the most detailed account yet available of Sino-Soviet nuclear relations between 1957 and 1960 and document the extent to which the quarrel has centered on military and security issues. The role of the test ban in widening the Sino-Soviet rift is explored. In Part III each author poses the same question: what would be the nature of Sino-Soviet relations during a Washington-Peking crisis? The first three chapters in this section answer the question from the viewpoint of each country concerned; the last examines these relations during the 1958 Quemoy crisis.

    Definitive information on the events pertinent to the Sino-Soviet dispute of the 1950's and early 1960's is rare; although it does not pretend to tell the entire story, this book makes a significant contribution to the body of knowledge on the evolution of the Sino-Soviet dispute. As a learned, perceptive comment on the security problems created by the dispute and on the possibilities for agreement that it presents, Sino-Soviet Relations and Arms Control will have a wide audience among political scientists, specialists in Sino-Soviet affairs, and a lay public that recognizes the importance of this political issue.

    • Hardcover $15.00
    • Paperback $40.00 £32.00