Beyond the Hotline: Crisis Control to Prevent Nuclear War

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Beyond the Hotline: Crisis Control to Prevent Nuclear War

By William L. Ury
Houghton Mifflin, 1985
187 pp. $14.95
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This is a quick-read version of a 1984 report to the U.S. Arms Control & Disarmament Agency from the Nuclear Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School. It calls for moving beyond the present "hotline" between Moscow and Washington to a crisis control center jointly staffed by U.S. and Soviet military and diplomatic officers. Their task would be to forestall crises and work together to end, quickly and safely, any that do occur. Senators Nunn and Warner, and the late Senator Jackson, have sponsored such a proposal in Congress. Regular cabinet-level discussions, with the participation of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his Soviet counterpart, are also suggested. There is a great deal of merit to these proposals.