Failure to heed Cold War lessons could lead to global arms proliferation

A former Soviet nuclear warhead storage site (photo: dpa)
A former Soviet nuclear warhead storage site (photo: dpa)

Unlike the stand-off between the US and Soviet Union which emerged during the Cold War, contemporary powers today seem to be playing by different rules. This report looks at how the thinking on strategic deterrence has changed over the past two decades and considers that a failure to learn from the Cold War experience could lead to a new round of modernisation and missile defence proliferation.

STRATEGIC deterrence was a military concept which, 35 years ago, was commonly understood as a means to prevent nuclear conflict between the Soviet Bloc and the United States and its allies.

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During the Cold War (1945–1991) the strategy was ...

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