The Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Deterrence

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Nuclear deterrence refers to the concept of avoiding nuclear arms for diplomatic methods to solve an issue. The principle of deterrence is ‘first user’ which means a state is allowed to attack only in self-defence. States will attack for their protection but will retaliate if needed. As put forward by Thomas Hobbes “men are driven by competition, diffidence and glory.” Men seek for their own preservation, any threats will lead them to rebellion so as to be secured and save themselves. Nuclear weapon creates fear among each individual and state. A nuclear terror is enough to break the international peace. The end of cold war led to a change for the need of security around the globe and possession of nuclear power nuclear deterrence to function properly states should possess nuclear power provides security as well as a seat among the great powers of the world as it acts as a bargaining tool to enable International Corporation and the UN Security Council has primary…show more content…
But now the risks of nuclear weapons are considered to be higher than the benefits they bring for nuclear weapon holders. President Obama referred to the potential for a terrorist to get a nuclear weapon as "the most immediate and extreme threat to global security." (Prague, April 2009). There are three kinds of efforts needed to diminish nuclear risks and they are firstly to deterring and preventing states and non-state actors from acquiring nuclear weapons. Secondly use nuclear arms control to reduce the threat that nuclear weapons and nuclear material pose worldwide and finally creating a peaceful nuclear energy fuel cycle to lower risks of misusing nuclear
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