Arms Race

An arms race occurs when two or more nations compete in increases in military personnel and materiel. Simply defined as a competition between two or more states to have superior armed forces; a competition concerning production of weapons, the growth of a military, and the aim of superior military technology. The term is also used to describe any long-term escalating competitive situation where each competitor focuses on out-doing the others. The existing scholarly literature is divided as to whether arms races are correlated with war. International relations scholars explain arms races with the security dilemma, rationalist spiral models, states with …

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The National Archives · 1 January 1982 English

R OPPOSITION TO DELETION OF REFERENCES TO ARMS RACE/ARMS BUILD UP ELSEWHERE IN RM 39. THE S O V ( A C l M O V l C ) MAINTAINED THAT QUOTES ARMS RACE UNQUOTES HAD BEEN USED BY SOME FOREIGN £ MINISTERS THE OLD ARGUMENT THAT THE NEED TO STOP THE ARMS RACE WAS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF DETENTE I . SOLUTION Of! THE PLACE FOR REFERENCES TO QUOTES ARMS RACE UNQUOTES. I RESPONDED BRIEFLY THAT WE HAD T A30UT THE UNACCEPTABIL ITY OF THE TERM QUOTES ARMS RACE UNQUOTES. I 5. THE HOLY SEE THEN PROPOSED


The National Archives · 1 January 1982 English

deteriorating international situation and an increasing arms race and felt that they should try to do something political and economic antagonism and by an unabated arms race with dangerous c o n s e q u e n c e s for security RELATIONS CAUSED, INTER ALIA, BY AN UNABATED ARMS RACE. I CONFIDENTIAL I • 4 CONFIDENTIAL 3. SKALA


The National Archives · 1 January 1982 English

USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS WAS P R A I S E D ) J ARMS RACE(USA I AT FAULT FOR GROWING TENS IONS)5 T H R


The National Archives · 1 January 1982 English

certain states w e r e seeking to accelerate the arms race certainly did not improve the s i t u a t i o l d . The GDR's main aim w a s to stop the arms race, to reach a realistic agreement on arms j reduction 1980s had been marked by confrontation and the arms race which represented a great threat to international superiority. This had led to an intensification of the arms race and proposals to site new medium range nuclear Congress would depend both on trends in the arms race and on events in the third w o r l d . With hindsight


The National Archives · 1 January 1982 English

dangerous political course, aimed at stepping up the arms race and at changes in favour of the USA in the comparative trade sanctions and further acceleration of the arms race, I destruction of contractual relations end


The National Archives · 1 January 1982 English

i n g international- d e t e n t e , curbing arms race and a c h i e v i n g g e n u i n e d i s a r


The National Archives · 1 January 1982 English

British or any other people if we continue the arms race, to enter into discussions with the Polish Government British or any other people if we continue the arms race, to enter into discussions with the Polish Government



The National Archives · 1 January 1982 English

concerned by current intern iozial tension» the arms race and conflicts in various H parts of uhe 'orld People in many countries ,'anted an end to the arms race. Close cooperation was necessary for disarmament massive unemployment. The arms race meanwhile (and in particular the nuclear arms race) was the moat dangerous Security 6. Ceausescu called for cessation of the arms race, a freeze on military expenditure at current


The National Archives · 1 January 1982 English

empty ship hulls rest. the world economy, the arms race, and put an end to "World War II," a war that


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