Long-term Threats to Western Security
The diffusion of international political and military power has been examined at length from any number of perspectives, including those dealing with the implications for US and Western security interests. As a general proposition, the diffusion of power implies, and has indeed meant, an increasingly multipolar world, the emergence of regional powers and diminished influence and freedom of action for major powers such as the United States. An important aspect of this trend has been the gradual proliferation of nuclear and advanced conventional weapons. This process has reinforced certain characteristics of an increasingly decentralized international system, most notably the growing militarization of international politics. As the availability of sophisticated weapons has grown, so has the attractiveness of military options. In this chapter we describe important developments in the spread of nuclear and advanced conventional weapons production capabilities during 1983.
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