V. Dvorkin, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAN), 23 Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation (dvorkin@infoline@su).
Abstract. The article provides a retrospective analysis of the notion of strategic stability and its components at present time. The author looks upon the present and perspective factors, capable of undermining a strategic, regional and trans-regional stability. Special focus is on the role of independent inquiry in the correction of the strategic stability notion and in the formation of the up-dated list of destabilizing factors.
Keywords: strategic stability, Cold War, START-1, START-2, START-3, ABM, arms race
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