Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Peter Kobrak

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The issue addressed in this thesis is whether the SALT II treaty, signed in 1979, should have been ratified by the United States Senate following its submission in the spring of that year. The author began by exploring the background of the arms control agreements of the late 1960s and early/mid 1970s, then explored that SALT II treaty itself in some detail. Research data were drawn from a number of sources during the compilation of this paper. The conclusion drawn in this thesis is that the SALT II treaty, in its submitted form, should not have been ratified. While the agreement contained some favorable points, these were outweighed by its overall flaws, rendering the treaty ultimately unacceptable from a strategic point of view.