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

By Max M. Mutschler

This booklet places the widely-held view that 'arms regulate in house isn't really attainable' to the try out and goals to discover how, and lower than what stipulations, hands keep watch over may perhaps develop into a fact. Drawing upon foreign regimes and IR thought, Mutschler examines the good fortune of house guns and anti-ballistic missiles.

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The arms control agreements concluded during the Cold War support this argument. Arms Control: Concepts and Debates 21 Second, as the Cold War has shown, times of détente do not last forever. Arms control measures agreed upon during times of détente do not lose their value during times of higher tension; exactly the opposite is true. It is in times of crisis when the merits of a stable balance of power come to the forefront. A different series of critiques on arms control comes from the idealist perspective.

It is probably no surprise that some of the authors that worked on the concept of preventive arms control applied this idea to arms control in space (Petermann et al. 2003; Neuneck and Rothkirch 2005, 2006). They argue that because space is not weaponized yet, there is still a chance for preventive arms control. Consequently, even the development and testing of space weapons should be banned. These thoughts are present in an interesting proposal by Moltz (2002), who suggests a compromise that grants states the right to attack missiles traveling through space but outlaws the application of force from space, and the attack of permanent objects in space.

S. in the field of space technology compels it to be the country that dominates it. S. and arms control in space is not. Their thoughts are based more or less on the realist paradigm that the anarchy of the international system compels states to increase their power position within the system in order to guarantee their survival. Probably the most outspoken representative of this camp is Everett Dolman. S. dominance in space. In consequence of the commercial and military value of space, it will be critical for a future power to control it.

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