A Four-Faction Heuristic ‘WXYZ’ Model For Exploring US Arms Control And Disarmament Politics

Thursday, March 31, 2022
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This essay offers a heuristic to help explain US arms control policy and politics over the last two decades. In this framing, policy decisions are the result of contestation, bargaining, and coalition dynamics between four “WXYZ” factions within the policy community, ranging from dovish “Ws” to hawkish “Zs.” This schema can illuminate major US arms control policy debates and decisions over the last generation.

A Four-Faction Heuristic “W... by Hoover Institution