Catalytic Diplomacy

Note to Mothballing the ABM Treaty

E-mail of June 7, 2001. He went on to say: “At the end of 5 years the Treaty goes away; each side is free to deploy. Negotiated relaxation of testing limits, embedded in a deal that includes a term-limited non-withdrawal commitment PLUS offensive reductions might make sense.” I did not adopt the notion of linking the testing relaxation to programs of offensive reductions because that would have sunk the idea immediately in a morass of offensive weapons negotiations.

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