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Nonproliferation is key to peace as Cold War rivalries fade.

De-Escalation in the Post-Cold War

January 2011, Number 02.01

“At a time when rogue regimes pursue atomic bombs and nations confront the threat of nuclear proliferation, the former nuclear standoff of the Cold War represents an era of relative stability for many. Even accounting for a dose of Nuclear Age-nostalgia and historical amnesia, there is some truth to the claim that the world was a more predictable place when it was strategically split between two rival superpowers.

For all of the fears it inspired, the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction managed to keep the relative peace for decades, most prominently between the United States and the Soviet Union. A world power tempted to launch nuclear weapons had to contend with an almost inevitable response from its adversaries. It was a price no nation was willing to pay. The expansion of Soviet and U.S. nuclear capability in the 1960s and 1970s — when strategic warheads multiplied by the thousands in missile silos and aboard submarines and long-range bombers — raised questions of overkill resulting in the first of several arms control agreements such as Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty I...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “De-Escalation in the Post-Cold War,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 1, 2011: 14-19.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.