Threshold Concepts in the Security Problem from the Perspective of the Smaller Nation States

  • P. Boskma

Abstract

Arms control and disarmament are in a crisis. More than thirty years of negotiations led to marginal results in arms control and, apart from the BW (Biological weapons) convention, to no results in disarmament. A second cause of the crisis is the trend in weapons development and procurement for the 1980s, representing a new phase in the technological arms race. It shows that present and past efforts have been insufficient even to control the ongoing arms race. The reasons given by many analysts for the lack of results in arms control and disarmament are very heterogeneous. We will summarise some major ones.

Keywords

Europe Explosive Stake Concession 

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Notes

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© William F. Gutteridge and Trevor Taylor 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Boskma
    • 1
  1. 1.Netherlands

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