Bayer, J. A.
December 1988
Contemporary Review;Dec88, Vol. 253 Issue 1475, p303
Literary Criticism
This article focuses on Canada's continuous participation in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It is questionable whether a strong and cohesive alliance indirectly enhances Canadian security through improved prospects for successful arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union. The underlying assumption of NATO supporters is that the Russians will not engage the West in serious arms control negotiations unless confronted by a heavily armed and politically cohesive alliance. As evidence of this it is often suggested that arms control negotiations are happening in Geneva today primarily because NATO remained resolute and united when faced by Soviet efforts to divide Europe over Cruise and Pershing missile deployment, as well as the US Strategic Defense Initiative.


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