Lethal Frontiers: A Soviet View Of Nuclear Strategy, Weapons, And Negotiations
By Alexei Arbatov
Praeger, 1988, 294 pp.
The Other Side Of Arms Control: Soviet Objectives In The Gorbachev Era
By Alan B. Sherr
Unwin Hyman, 1988, 325 pp.
Arbatov and Sherr change places: Arbatov, one of the brightest of the younger Soviet analysts, who runs a section of an institute parallel to the one directed by his father, Georgy, addresses the U.S. response to the onset of strategic parity; Sherr, an American lawyer and Soviet specialist, writes about Soviet policy in the Gorbachev era. The differences are instructive: Arbatov's emphasis on the "objective situation" is very much the perspective of rational, strategic analysis-he can parse a deterrent threat with the best American analyst. The strength of Sherr's analysis, by contrast, is that he locates his assessments of arms control within Gorbachev's broader economic challenge and his institutional context.