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SIPRI Yearbook 1972

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Almqvist & Wiksell, Stockholm

Humanities Press, New York
Paul Elek, London


The SIPRI Yearbook 1972 concentrates on new topics, in four related areas:

  • Strategic nuclear forces and SALT: Advances in strategic nuclear forces by the United States and the Soviet Union, and the implications of the bilateral Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) for the arms races
  • The development and spread of arms races: World military expenditure, the trade in arms with the third world, resources devoted to military R&D, military forces and major bases beyond national territories, and comments on the UN report on the consequences of military expenditure
  • The problem of the proliferation of nuclear weapons: The near-nuclear countries and the Non-Proliferation Treaty, nuclear safeguards, a comprehensive test ban, world uranium supplies, and China and disarmament
  • Developments in arms control and disarmament, 1970–1971: Chemical and biological disarmament, the nuclear test ban debate, the sea-bed, the prohibition of nuclear weapons in Latin America, the Indian Ocean as a zone of peace, the Disarmament Decade, and a disarmament record, 1970–71



Part I. Strategic Nuclear Forces and SALT

1. Advances in strategic nuclear forces by the USA and the USSR during the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT)

Frank Barnaby and Karin Lissåkers

2. The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, November 1969–December 1971

Frank Barnaby and Karin Lissåkers

3. The implications of SALT for the arms race

Frank Barnaby and Karin Lissåkers


Part II. The Development and Spread of Arms Races

4. World military expenditure, 1970–1971

Birgitta Svensson

Appendix 4A. Sources and methods

5. The trade in major weapons with the third world, 1970–1971

Signe Landgren and Eva Grenbäck

Appendix 5A. Sources and methods

Appendix 5B. Arms trade register: register of major weapon transfers to third world countries, 1970–1971

6. Resources devoted to military research and development

Randy Forsberg

Appendix 6A. Statistical tables, sources and methods

Appendix 6B. US estimates of Soviet expenditure on military research: an analysis of data published in 1971 and early 1972

7. Foreign military presence, 1971: armed forces and major bases

Prvoslav Davinic and Carl Erik Tottie

8. The economic and social consequences of military expenditure: comments on the UN report

Frank Blackaby


Part III. The Problem of the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

9. The near-nuclear countries and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Sven Hirdman

Appendix 9A. Nuclear power reactors as a source of plutonium

Appendix 9B. Enriched uranium technology

10. Nuclear safeguards

Frank Barnaby and Jozef Goldblat

11. The test ban

Robert Neild

Appendix 11A. Evidence on understatement of numbers of nuclear tests and its significance

12. Non-seismic detection of underground nuclear tests

Milton Leitenberg

13. Nuclear weapons testing programmes, 1945–1970

Milton Leitenberg

14. World uranium supplies

Allan McKnight

15. China and disarmament

Signe Landgren


Part IV. Developments in Arms Control and Disarmament, 1970–1971

16. Chemical and biological disarmament

Jozef Goldblat

Appendix 16A. Convention on the prohibition of the development, production and stockpiling of bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons and their destruction

17. The nuclear test ban debate

Jozef Goldblat

18. Preventing an arms race on the sea-bed

Jozef Goldblat

Appendix 18A. Treaty on the prohibition of the emplacement of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction on the sea-bed and the ocean floor and in the subsoil thereof

19. The treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons in Latin America (Treaty of Tlatelolco)

Jozef Goldblat

20. Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a zone of peace

Jozef Goldblat

21. The Disarmament Decade

Jozef Goldblat