On Geopolitics

A Changing Rulebook to Tame the New Global Arms Race

Omar Lamrani
Senior Military Analyst, Stratfor
Mar 28, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
A picture from 1971 shows a nuclear explosion in Mururoa atoll.
The end of the Cold War appeared promising for arms control, but a resurgent Russia, a rising China, and an increasingly multifaceted world have progressively complicated arms control efforts.
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Since man has gone to war, arms control has existed in some form or another. Among the first were the rules of battle protecting sanctuaries established by the dimly remembered Amphictyonic League in seventh-century B.C. Greece. More than two millennia later, cultural and religious norms and taboos restricted and established rules around organized violence until they yielded to modern arms control efforts taken up by diplomatic means and treaties -- especially with the advent of industrial warfare. ...

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