Nuclear Weapons and Local Conflicts

  • Krishnaswami Subrahmanyam


In the current international environment, a local conflict is difficult to define. It has been calculated that from the end of World War II up to the end of the Falklands conflict, there have been 148 conflicts, all but about ten of them having taken place in the developing world. Prof. Istvan Kende1 has calculated that in the wars that took place up to the end of 1976, there were interventions by capitalist countries in 64 wars, by the socialist countries in six and by other Third World countries in 17. Similarly the Brookings Institution2 has calculated that in the period 1946–1975 there had been 215 instances of the use of force without war by the United States and 195 instances by the Soviet Union.


Nuclear Weapon Local Conflict Nuclear Threat Nuclear Arsenal Nuclear Warhead 
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