Mutual and balanced force reduction: A critical evaluation
Since 1973, NATO and the Warsaw Pact have been engaged in the Vienna conventional arms control conference--Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction, MBFR. The purpose of MBFR is to reduce tensions and gain a greater level of stability by limiting and balancing the conventional forces of both alliances in central Europe. Yet after almost fifteen years at the negotiations table no agreement has been concluded. This thesis uses a historical and analytical approach to determine why no treaty has been signed. It finds that despite the absence of an accord, MBFR has been a "success" and remains a valid venue for increasing stability in central Europe. In conclusion, this study finds that a limited MBFR treaty would lay the foundation for greater force reduction for Europe as a whole.