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In the absence of agreed rules of international behaviour the principal means of regulating armed conflict within the modern international system has been the attempt to arrive at conventions, formal or informal, concerning the level, type, and disposition of armaments so as to reduce their dangers to a minimum. This may be compared to the situation in a crime-ridden city, if the citizens, seeking to combat crime, said to one another: let us undertake to hold, dispose and display the arms we have in such a way as to minimise the danger we may present to each other.
KeywordsNuclear Weapon Armed Conflict Civil Conflict Collective Security Unilateral Move
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