In This Review

Assessing Peace In A Changing World: Critical Choices For The West's Strategic And Arms Control Policies
Assessing Peace In A Changing World: Critical Choices For The West's Strategic And Arms Control Policies
By Lynn E. Davis
Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute, 1990, 87 pp.
Regaining The High Ground: NATO's Stake In The New Talks On Conventional Armed Forces In Europe
Regaining The High Ground: NATO's Stake In The New Talks On Conventional Armed Forces In Europe
By Barry M. Blechman, William J. Durch and Kevin P. O'Leary
St. Martin's Press, 1990, 217 pp.
Conventional Force Reductions: A Dynamic Assessment
Conventional Force Reductions: A Dynamic Assessment
By Joshua M. Epstein
Brookings Institution, 1990, 275 pp.

The rapid changes in Europe have not left these books unscathed, but all are written by distinguished analysts and all remain useful. The book by Davis is a brief, readable primer to the arms control issues, nuclear and strategic, confronting the United States and its European allies. Epstein, half of whose book is tables, meticulously assesses how the balance of conventional forces in Europe would be affected by various arms control agreements. The purposes of Blechman and his colleagues are broader, looking at political as well as military stakes in arms negotiations.