Elimination or Marginalization
The end of the Cold War saw the major powers cut back their forces, nuclear as well as conventional, providing a modest ‘peace dividend’. The numbers were insufficient to impress disarmament campaigners. Instead of the challenge of dealing with the fragility of the balance of terror, there were now opportunities made possible by the obsolescence of the balance. The issue of a nuclear-free world appeared again on the agenda, potentially as a matter of practical politics.