The Success Or Failure Of Arms Control Efforts

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Evaluate the success or failure of arms control efforts, 1945-2014. What treaties have made the most important contributions? Contributions to what? Where have the efforts been the least successful? Since conception, nuclear technology has symbolized an indomitable source of power and wartime security. The repercussions of the irresponsible usage of nuclear weapons and reactors has been crippling to victim nations, destroying urban centers and irradiating whole swathes of land, rendering them uninhabitable. The consensus of hesitation regarding intentionally destructive nuclear technologies has led to the drafting of ample legislation in order to restrict their use and to stop further development of evermore pernicious applications of this technology. Many groups throughout the years have called for total nuclear disarmament, but that is a quixotic proposition now that the cat’s out of the bag. Diplomatic attempts have aimed at preempting the development of more advanced applications and thwarting unauthorized research, but the constant progression of technology often outpaces the speed with which diplomatic agreements can be contrived and enacted. Nonetheless, peace-promoting organizations have worked vigilantly to regulate and control the spread of benevolent nuclear applications while ostracizing and inhibiting states that overstep international precedent and threaten nuclear annihilation. Legislation such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
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