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Nuclear Weapons Essay

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Nuclear weapons play a significant role in our understanding of international relations. As seen in the class lecture slides, states often embark on nuclear weapons programs to counterbalance the power of other states. This is particularly true for states such as China and Iran, who are trying to balance the power of the United States. States such as China, Russia, and the United States are all powerful international influences. This is partially due to the fact that they are a part of the United Nations Security Council and own nuclear weapons. If they did not have nuclear weapons, it is hard to gauge if they would be as powerful world leaders in militaristic terms if they did not have nuclear weapons. These nuclear weapons act as both…show more content…
This is an international treaty that aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and technology surrounding it. This treaty also aims to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, as well as disarming nuclear weapons all together. There is a total of 191 states in the treaty. China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States are all permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. This treaty is what allows for some states to have nuclear weapons. Other states, such as developing nations also do not have the funds or technology to create nuclear weapons. Personally, I cannot envision a world with without nuclear weapons. However, I can imagine a world with many more states with nuclear weapons. I think that that is a much more feasible future due to the actions of our past. I support states sharing the technology to create nuclear weapons, so that each state is on a level playing field. If the states that do not have nuclear weapons (or the technology to create them) were hit, they would be devastated with little to no way to retaliate. If the technology was shared, nuclear weapons could act more offensively, in the manner that states would not launch them knowing that once they did they would be hit right back. Nuclear weapons play a significant role in our understanding of international relations. They are the weapons that shape the most powerful governments in the world. These weapons act both defensively and offensively because they
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