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US Missile Defense Shield and Russia: Second Cold War as a Farce

Author(s): Rashad Shirinov

Journal: Caucasian Review of International Affairs
ISSN 1865-6773

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 94;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: missile defense shield | deterrence | Russia | Iran | Anti-ballistic Missile Treaty | Missile Technology Control Regime | interceptor | radar

Karl Marx used to say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. In line with this, the entire recent idea of a missile defense shield that the US has been willing to install in Eastern Europe is reminiscent of that of the Cold War era, when two major superpowers were targeting their strategic missiles towards each other. And although in 1972 both global powers agreed on not using anti-ballistic missiles, after two decades US had reexamined its thinking on the issue. The United States has decided to deploy radars and interceptors in the Czech Republic and Poland as part of a missile defense shield against possible Iranian or North Korean attacks. From the very start, Russia has been seeing the shield as directed towards itself. However, it doesn’t look like the installation of an American missile defense shield in Europe would lead to a major security crisis between the US and Russia since there is sufficient evidence of softening tensions as US-Russian high level negotiations go ahead. This is perhaps where the farce lies.
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