Dismantling the Cold War

From Belfer Center Studies in International Security

Dismantling the Cold War

U.S. and NIS Perspectives on the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

Edited by John M. Shields and William C. Potter

Foreword by Sam Nunn





foreword by Senator Sam Nunn The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union prompted international concern over the safety and security of the Soviet arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. In legislation sponsored by Senator Sam Nunn and Senator Richard Lugar, the U. S. Congress approved a program to assist Soviet weapons dismantlement. The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program has since authorized more than $1.5 billion for a wide array of weapons destruction, demilitarization, nuclear security, and nonproliferation activities in the Newly Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union. Despite strong bipartisan support, the CTR program has been hindered by a variety of organizational, technical, and political problems. Both donors and recipients have heatedly debated its effectiveness. Misinformation about the program abounds in the NIS as well as in the U.S. Congress, where program funding has been threatened by growing opposition to anything that might resemble foreign aid. Dismantling the Cold War is the first systematic assessment of the CTR program. It provides both insiders' views of how the complex policy initiative was conceived and "in-country" views of how it was carried out. This frank assessment of what U.S.-NIS cooperation has and has not accomplished offers programmatic, political, fiscal, organizational, and technical suggestions to help U.S. and NIS policymakers cope with the world's paramount proliferation threat.

ContributorsOleg Bukharin, Richard Combs, Gloria Duffy, Dastan Eleukenov, Rose Gottemoeller, Kostyantyn Hryshchenko, Katherine E. Johnson, Oumirserik Kasenov, Igor Khripunov, Murat Laumulin, Evgeni P. Maslin, R. Adam Moody, Michael H. Newlin, Sam Nunn, Vladimir A. Orlov, Vyachaslau E. Paznyak, Alexander A. Pikayev, William C. Potter, John M. Shields, Jessica Eve Stern

CSIA Studies in International Security


$32.00 X ISBN: 9780262691987 450 pp. | 7 in x 9 in


John M. Shields

William C. Potter


Sam Nunn.


  • ... required reading for anyone interested in the origins, currentstatus, and future prospects of the Cooperative Threat Reductionprogram.

    Sam Nunn

    U.S. Senator, 1972-97

  • Dismantling the Cold War provides a valuable overview ofthe Cooperative Threat Reduction legislation that Sam Nunn andI co-sponsored in the fall of 1991. This book should be widelyread and discussed.

    Richard G. Lugar

    U.S. Senator

  • This important book makes a major contribution to our understanding ofthe challenges and opportunities in the post-Cold War era for U.S.-NIScooperation.

    Ashton B. Carter

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense, 1993-96