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Nuclear Threat Reduction and Pulp Fiction by Richard Perle

Aleksey Obukhov

The establishment of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers in Moscow and Washington in the end of 1980-s which followed with regard to the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty became an important and longsighted step in the process of strengthening of strategic stability. Today the NRRC mechanism maintains its relevance and even expands its functions to the new issues entering the strategic stability agenda (such as prevention of cyber conflicts). But back then, in the 1980s, this decision was preceded by a set of peracute internal contradictions and intrigues both in the USA and the Soviet Union. Alexey Obukhov, one of the key participants of the negotiations on NRRCs, examines the role of the U.S. diplomat Richard Perle in achieving the compromise between Moscow and Washington on that crucial security issue.

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Security Index: A Russian Journal on International Security, Volume 20, Issue 3-4, 2014