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As the more powerful countries show less commitment to reducing their own arms substantially and continue to pursue their own national interests, they affect many others around the world.
- This has led to an increase in resentment against them.
- One option for nations that feel threatened has been to improve their defensive capabilities and increase arms purchases.
- Neighboring countries will often feel the pressure to keep up, "just in case".
- An increase in arms leads to an arms race and an increase in insecurity.
This part of the global issues web site has expanded into many sections in their own rights:
- The Arms Control section looks at the issue of nuclear weapons
- The Arms Trade section looks at the effects of trading weapons. It includes pages that look at other issues also related to arms control and arms races, such as:
- Military Expansion Serving Economic Objectives
- The Bush Doctrine of Pre-emptive Strikes; A Global Pax Americana
- The Clinton Doctrine of Humanitarian Interventions
- A European Defense Force
- Dominance and Change in the Arctic
- Arms Race
- Foreign Policy—National Interests
- Power and Empire Links for More Information
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