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STABILITY FOR SECURITY OR SECURITY FOR STABILITY? Reflecting Upon Strategic Stability Motives in Security Policy

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Strategic stability emerged as a concept in the Cold War realities of the U.S.-Soviet nuclear stand-off, concentrating on avoidance of an all-out nuclear war break-out during a crisis. In an era of profound interdependence, it was recognized a key to maintaining security and peace among nuclear armed nations being opponents or foes.

Policy Memo: Open Skies

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The Open Skies treaty is an agreement between 34 states in the Euro-Atlantic region providing for mutual aerial overflights of their sovereign territories, without restrictions on access. During an overflight, representatives of observer nations —in cooperation with representatives of the observed nation—photograph military-significant objects. This imagery is then pooled into a common data bank accessible to all treaty signatories, allowing them to observe the overflown states’ force posture and military infrastructure.

Policy Memo on China's Position on Missile Defense Issue

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There are several points to be concluded here through short review of the China’s official White Papers on issues related to missile defense. Firstly, China has always connected the missile defense issue with global strategic stability, outer space weapons-free, proliferation of WMD and nuclear disarmament. But its biggest worry is the Asia-Pacific theatre missile defense systems.