Buildup vs. Control
Prospects for Control Treaty with Russia
For the first time in years, arms-control experts are holding out cautious hope that an effective international agreement can be worked out to rid the planet of chemical weapons. At their Geneva summit meeting last November, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev agreed to intensify the efforts of their two countries to establish the framework for a worldwide chemical weapons treaty, which negotiators have been discussing for nearly two decades. There is informed speculation that despite formidable technical obstacles, the two leaders may decide to push through an agreement. According to this line of thinking, a chemical warfare agreement would prevent them From coming away empty-handed at a follow-up summit, possibly later this year, in ...