The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty

Eric Grynaviski

in Constructive Illusions

Published by Cornell University Press

Published in print July 2014 | ISBN: 9780801452062
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780801454653
The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty

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This chapter compares imagined intersubjectivity to common knowledge in context of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, arguing that imagined intersubjectivity led the United States and the Soviet Union toward cooperation. For instance, National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger offered to negotiate ABMs because of a mistaken assumption that the Soviets would reject the offer. The pattern of concession-making that led to the agreement resulted from a critical ambiguity that prompted each party to publicly commit to the treaty. Through counterfactual analysis, the chapter then shows that if common knowledge had existed, cooperation likely would have been shallow or would not have occurred at all.

Keywords: Imagined intersubjectivity; common knowledge; ABM Treaty; Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty; Henry Kissinger; counterfactual analysis

Chapter.  11529 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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