Peace Theory: Preconditions of Disarmament

Peace Theory: Preconditions of Disarmament

Peace Theory: Preconditions of Disarmament

Peace Theory: Preconditions of Disarmament

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International Affairs is not a discipline. As a term it describes an extensive field of inquiry including the study of peaceful relations among nations. This more limited field could be a discipline. However, the thinking of the earlier philosophers and the more recent work of political scientists have not been brought together into any system which assists in solving the problems of international relations. There has been a good deal of discussion as to the desirability of doing this, but as yet no discipline has emerged.

Unless the political scientist can draw a precise pattern of a stable condition of peace, unless there can be presented to the politician a picture of a disarmed world in which there will be no tendencies toward rearmament, any achievement of peaceful international relationships will be largely accidental.

The present work is an attempt to provide some basic theory for those concerned with the formulation of policy. If it fails to do so, a second aim is to demonstrate that such a guide is possible, and that more work along these lines would be fruitful.

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