Very few NATO decisions may have entailed for the Alliance as much a laborious political and diplomatic process as that taken in December 1979. After its adoption, under Carter, the dual-track decision had to be implemented over the early years of the Reagan administration, when the US President’s abhorrence of détente was so deep and vocal to jeopardise the arms control progress upon which the fulfilment of the negotiating track of that NATO decision depended. The analysis carried out in this article focuses on the US government’s deliberations and choices. Its aim is to discuss how and to what extent the US Cold War security priorities did need to be complemented with those singled out by European NATO allies, especially when those allies were able to convey to Washington the message that arms control remained a political necessity for them.

Gala, M. (2018). ‘The essential weaknesses of the December 1979 “Agreement”’: the White House and the implementing of the dual-track decision. COLD WAR HISTORY, 1-18 [10.1080/14682745.2018.1462339].

‘The essential weaknesses of the December 1979 “Agreement”’: the White House and the implementing of the dual-track decision

Gala, Marilena
2018

Abstract

Very few NATO decisions may have entailed for the Alliance as much a laborious political and diplomatic process as that taken in December 1979. After its adoption, under Carter, the dual-track decision had to be implemented over the early years of the Reagan administration, when the US President’s abhorrence of détente was so deep and vocal to jeopardise the arms control progress upon which the fulfilment of the negotiating track of that NATO decision depended. The analysis carried out in this article focuses on the US government’s deliberations and choices. Its aim is to discuss how and to what extent the US Cold War security priorities did need to be complemented with those singled out by European NATO allies, especially when those allies were able to convey to Washington the message that arms control remained a political necessity for them.
Gala, M. (2018). ‘The essential weaknesses of the December 1979 “Agreement”’: the White House and the implementing of the dual-track decision. COLD WAR HISTORY, 1-18 [10.1080/14682745.2018.1462339].
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