The Quest for International Disarmament and the Role of Second-Rank Nuclear-Weapon States
The struggle for international disarmament has taken on an important new aspect since the mid-1980s. The application of high technology in the military and economic fields, the changes in the balance between the comprehensive national strengths of the United States and the Soviet Union, the significant adjustments in the two superpowers’ strategy and disarmament policies, the waning of the influence of Washington and Moscow and the trend towards multipolarisation in international politics — all these have combined to open up a new phase in the quest for international disarmament and have had a notable impact on the entire international situation and international relations.
KeywordsNuclear Weapon North Atlantic Treaty Organisation West European Country Nuclear Disarmament Nuclear Threat
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