AUTHORSigal, Leon V.
TITLEHang Separately: Cooperative Security between the United States and Russia, 1985-1994
PUBLISHERThe Century Foundation Press
CITYNew York, NY

In this book, the author asserts that the U.S. fails to adopt a foreign policy of cooperative security, forcing the U.S. to work against countries rather than working with them. His argument arises from comparing the success U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev found using cooperative security strategy to end the Cold War versus the problems U.S. international security has encountered since. The book traces the origins of cooperative security from Gorbachev’s initiative to work with the U.S. to his relationship with Reagan and a U.S.-Soviet alliance during the Persian Gulf War. Meanwhile, the author also follows the growing dissention from such strategy by U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, citing how failure of those administrations to engage in cooperative security contributed to the deterioration of Soviet nuclear control. The book concludes with a warning from the author that American national security demands the practice of cooperative security. The author serves as the director of the North-East Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), an independent nonprofit organization promoting the advancement of social science research.

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