The Injustice of the Nuclear Security Order

In his article for Transatlantic Policy Quarterly (Spring 2022, Vol. 21, No. 1) Ulrich Kühn questions the U.S. and NATO rhetoric which claims that nuclear weapons have helped to sustain peace. While the nuclear great powers have not been at war with each other, the geographical and political periphery has experienced war and instability. With the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine in mind, he argues that ‘the nuclear peace is at best a highly unjust peace as it is unequally distributed.’ The system, which now limits the West's actions in support of Ukraine, and allows Russia to invade Ukraine, is the same system the West helped to create and maintain since 1945. Ulrich Kühn concludes that arms control must be understood as complementary to deterrence and defence. Nuclear disarmament should be the long-term goal.

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