Disarmament: preserving the legacy and reviving the enterprise

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In our world, international relations are characterised by an extraordinary volatility. This has prompted many to think about the future of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. Two paths lay before us, to be explored and, perhaps, approved. The first one consists in protecting the legacy through the current instruments’ enhanced efficiency : extending the authority of the norm and improving its implementation. The second path consists in reviving the enterprise of disarmament and non-proliferation using a result target : contents diversification (in particular by responding to the proliferation threat) and methodology shift. Only at this cost can disarmament contribute to the strengthening of strategic stability and international security. – Summary AFRI-2004