ERIC Number: ED210205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Multilateral Disarmament Process. Conference on the United Nations of the Next Decade (16th, Warwick, Bermuda, June 21-26, 1981).
Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, IA.
This is a report of a conference held in Bermuda in 1981 to discuss a multilateral approach to disarmament. The conference was an informal, off-the-record exchange of ideas and opinions among 24 diplomats and scholars from 18 countries and two international agencies. Participants considered current disarmament concepts, assessed UN disarmament mechanisms and procedures, and explored new approaches to this issue. Significant highlights of the report include the following recommendations. A summit meeting between the heads of state of the United States and the Soviet Union should be organized as soon as possible, before the end of 1981. Discussions should include a wide range of political issues but principal focus should be on reaching general agreement on the framework of strategic arms limitation and reduction. An international group of experts should be created to determine whether parity in force levels between the Soviet Union and the United States exists. Nations should make stronger commitment to regional arms limitation and disarmament efforts. Existing multilateral disarmament machinery, both deliberative and negotiating mechanisms, needs to be streamlined and better coordinated. Greatly increased educational and public information efforts should be undertaken to build a more effective constituency for arms limitation and disarmament. Independent initiatives and temporary confidence building measures should be undertaken by nations to stimulate disarmament progress. (Author/RM)
The Stanley Foundation, 420 East Third Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, IA.