U.S. Missile Defense Policy

Whereas missile defense clearly dominated the foreign policy debate during the nine first months of the Bush Administration, terrorism quickly became the new priority. Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to see this change as a major shift in Washington’s position towards missile defense. On the eve of a trustful and cooperative relationship with Russia, the United States have made the unilateral decision of withdrawing from the ABM Treaty, in order to develop freely their missile defense project. – Summary AFRI-2002