Do Nuclear Weapons Increase Stability

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± PAGE ±1± Do Nuclear Weapons Increase Stability? In the modern world, there are many different causes and effects of insecurity within a state and they are constantly changing as the definition of security itself changes. Are there certain factors, like nuclear weapons, that can reassure the insecure and lead to world peace in a globalized world? This quote solidifies that we must deal with the modern security dilemma and address the way in which increased globalization of weapons of mass destruction has led to tension in international relations. The argument this quote presents is pertinent to evaluate because global security and stability are ever-growing focuses of international relations. However important the analysis of the quote may be, the role that the theory of the security dilemma has played throughout the history of international politics casts an unconvincing light over the idea that nuclear weapons could ever lead to stability. If all assumptions could be assumed factual, this argument would theoretically solve many of the new and increasing global security issues, particularly the ones that have arisen between Iran and Israel. Weapons of mass destruction present a modern security issue that has yet to be dealt with in international relations in the past, which puts a lot at stake. “The advent of nuclear weapons changed the fundamental rationale governing the use of force” (p 217). In the past the threat of attack or force from any state was the only threat to security that states faced. Although states now have to fear insecurity from environmental, health, and economic factors, they have increased insecurity of the threat of attack. This increased insecurity of the threat of force is due to the growing role of high-tech weapons that have, in turn, increased destruction. The increased role of weapons of mass destruction has put entire states at risk of demolition, creating insecurities not just for the state's military and government, but also for the state's
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± PAGE ±2± civilians. These insecurities of a massive attack on the home front make security a main concern of politicians who want to keep civilian voters appeased and alive. For politicians in insecure states everything (most imperatively being re-election) is at stake which leads to a heightened importance for domestic & global security. Due to politicians having such high standards for the security of their country, the idea that the major politicians of the U.S. and Israel would allow another dangerous and unstable country to have the power of nuclear weapons is far-fetched.
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