6: Fetisova: POSSEVI: PROSPECTS FOR COOPERATIVE STRATEGIC STABILITY AND STRATEGIC CULTURAL CONTEXT (CASE OF RUSSIA)

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Following usual rhetoric, the end of the Cold War replaced the global competition for supremacy of the two great powers and fears of a large-scale nuclear conflict between them with a new era of cooperation and consolidating efforts for enhancing international security. Significant moves forward in terms of arms control between the United States and Russia, growing support for the idea of nuclear disarmament as well as US-Russian cooperation in several important areas of mutual concern gave hopes for gradually transforming strategic stability from the old containing model based on classical nuclear deterrence and presuming adversarial relationship between states involved – to a cooperative one where the defining principle would be mutual nuclear security. Arguably, such a model would be consolidating rather than antagonizing and producing cooperative partners rather than adversarial relationships.

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