The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies

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  • Tamer KasikciEmail author
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Since one of the main objectives of International Relations is to prevent any future war by understanding and explaining the causes of it, disarmament has been regarded as a fundamental issue in the discipline. Disarmament has been defined as “the reduction or withdrawal of military forces and weapons” (The Concise Oxford Dictionary 1997). The disarmament attempts can be classified according to the logic behind them. There is pure disarmament call which is an idealistic goal for all international actors and is based on abolishing all kind of military tools forever. Also there are general and complete disarmament (GCD) demands that offer the complete abolition of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and only the reduction of conventional weapons. Another type, the limited negotiated disarmament (LND), rests upon the multilateral agreements over prohibition of a certain kind of weapon (such as biological weapons in the Biological Weapons Convention/1972) or of a...


Arms Control Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) Conference on the Disarmament 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International RelationsEskisehir Osmangazi UniversityEskisehirTurkey