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is the act of reducing, limiting, or abolishing weapons. Disarmament
generally refers to a country's military or specific type of weaponry. Disarmament
is often taken to mean total elimination of weapons of mass destruction, such as nuclear arms. General and Complete Disarmament
was defined by the United Nations
United Nations
General Assembly as the elimination of all WMD, coupled with the “balanced reduction of armed forces and conventional armaments, based on the principle of undiminished security of the parties with a view to promoting or enhancing stability at a lower military level, taking into account the need of all States to protect their security.”[1]


1 History

1.1 Nuclear disarmament

2 Disarmament
conferences and treaties

2.1 Naval

3 Definitions of disarmament 4 References and footnotes 5 See also 6 External links

History[edit] Before World War I
World War I
at the Hague Peace Conferences in 1899 and 1907 government delegations debated about disarmament and the creation of an international court with binding powers. The court was considered necessary because it was understood that nation-states could not disarm into a vacuum.[citation needed] After the war revulsion at the futility and tremendous cost of the war was widespread. A commonly held belief was that the cause of the war had been the escalating buildup of armaments in the previous half century among the great powers (see Anglo-German naval arms race). Although the Treaty of Versailles effectively disarmed Germany, a clause was inserted that called on all the great powers to likewise progressively disarm over a period of time. The newly formed League of Nations
League of Nations
made this an explicit goal in the covenant of the league, which committed its signatories to reduce armaments ‘to the lowest point consistent with national safety and the enforcement by common action of international obligations’.

Battleships being dismantled for scrap in Philadelphia Navy Yard, after the Washington Naval Treaty
Washington Naval Treaty
imposed limits on capital ships

Martin Kobler
Martin Kobler
addresses attendees at a disarmament ceremony in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

One of the earliest successful achievements in disarmament was obtained with the Washington Naval Treaty. Signed by the governments of the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, France, and Italy, it prevented the continued construction of capital ships and limited ships of other classification to under 10,000 tons displacement. The size of the three country's navies (the Royal Navy, United States
United States
Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy) was set at the ratio 5-5-3.[2] In 1921 the Temporary Mixed Commission on Armaments was set up by the League of Nations
League of Nations
to explore possibilities for disarmament. Proposals ranged from abolishing chemical warfare and strategic bombing to the limitation of more conventional weapons, such as tanks. A draft treaty was assembled in 1923 that made aggressive war illegal and bound the member states to defend victims of aggression by force. Since the onus of responsibility would, in practice, be on the great powers of the League, it was vetoed by the British, who feared that this pledge would strain its own commitment to police the empire. A further commission in 1926, set up to explore the possibilities for the reduction of army size, met similar difficulties, prompting the French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand
Aristide Briand
and US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
Frank Kellogg
to draft a treaty known as the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which denounced war of aggression. Although there were 65 signatories to the pact, it achieved nothing, as it set out no guidelines for action in the event of a war.[3] A final attempt was made at the Geneva Disarmament Conference
Geneva Disarmament Conference
from 1932–37, chaired by former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Henderson. Germany demanded the revision of the Versailles Treaty and the granting of military parity with the other powers, while France was determined to keep Germany demilitarised for its own security. Meanwhile, the British and Americans were not willing to offer France security commitments in exchange for conciliation with Germany. The talks broke down in 1933, when Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
withdrew Germany from the conference.[4] Nuclear disarmament[edit] Main article: Nuclear disarmament

United States
United States
and USSR/Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles, 1945-2006. These numbers include warheads not actively deployed, including those on reserve status or scheduled for dismantlement. Stockpile totals do not necessarily reflect nuclear capabilities since they ignore size, range, type, and delivery mode.

Nuclear disarmament
Nuclear disarmament
refers to both the act of reducing or eliminating nuclear weapons and to the end state of a nuclear-free world, in which nuclear weapons are completely eliminated. In the United Kingdom, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
held an inaugural public meeting at Central Hall, Westminster, on 17 February 1958, attended by five thousand people. After the meeting a few hundred left to demonstrate at Downing Street.[5][6] CND's declared policies were the unconditional renunciation of the use, production of or dependence upon nuclear weapons by Britain and the bringing about of a general disarmament convention. The first Aldermaston
March was organised by the CND and took place at Easter 1958, when several thousand people marched for four days from Trafalgar Square, London, to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment close to Aldermaston
in Berkshire, England, to demonstrate their opposition to nuclear weapons.[7][8] The Aldermaston
marches continued into the late 1960s when tens of thousands of people took part in the four-day marches. In 1961, US President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
gave a speech before the UN General Assembly where he announced the US "intention to challenge the Soviet Union, not to an arms race, but to a peace race - to advance together step by step, stage by stage, until general and complete disarmament has been achieved." He went on to call for a global general and complete disarmament, offering a rough outline for how this could be accomplished:

The program to be presented to this assembly - for general and complete disarmament under effective international control - moves to bridge the gap between those who insist on a gradual approach and those who talk only of the final and total achievement. It would create machinery to keep the peace as it destroys the machinery of war. It would proceed through balanced and safeguarded stages designed to give no state a military advantage over another. It would place the final responsibility for verification and control where it belongs, not with the big powers alone, not with one's adversary or one's self, but in an international organization within the framework of the United Nations. It would assure that indispensable condition of disarmament - true inspection - and apply it in stages proportionate to the stage of disarmament. It would cover delivery systems as well as weapons. It would ultimately halt their production as well as their testing, their transfer as well as their possession. It would achieve under the eyes of an international disarmament organization, a steady reduction in force, both nuclear and conventional, until it has abolished all armies and all weapons except those needed for internal order and a new United Nations
United Nations
Peace Force. And it starts that process now, today, even as the talks begin. In short, general and complete disarmament must no longer be a slogan, used to resist the first steps. It is no longer to be a goal without means of achieving it, without means of verifying its progress, without means of keeping the peace. It is now a realistic plan, and a test - a test of those only willing to talk and a test of those willing to act.[9]

Major nuclear disarmament groups include Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Greenpeace
and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. There have been many large anti-nuclear demonstrations and protests. On June 12, 1982, one million people demonstrated in New York City's Central Park
Central Park
against nuclear weapons and for an end to the cold war arms race. It was the largest anti-nuclear protest and the largest political demonstration in American history.[10][11] Disarmament
conferences and treaties[edit]

1675: Strasbourg Agreement (1675) 1899: Hague Peace Conference 1919: Treaty of Versailles 1925: Locarno Treaties 1927: Kellogg-Briand Pact 1932-34: World Disarmament
Conference 1960: Ten Nation Disarmament
Committee 1962-1968: Eighteen Nation Disarmament
Committee 1969-1978: Conference of the Committee on Disarmament 1979–present: Conference on Disarmament
Conference on Disarmament


1908–1909: London Naval Conference 1921–1922: Washington Naval Conference 1927: Geneva Naval Conference 1930: London Naval Conference leading to the London Naval Treaty 1935: London Naval Conference leading to the Second London Naval Treaty

Definitions of disarmament[edit] In his definition of "disarmament", David Carlton writes in the Oxford University Press Political dictionary, "But confidence in such measures of arms control, especially when unaccompanied by extensive means of verification, has not been strengthened by the revelation that the Soviet Union in its last years successfully concealed consistent and systematic cheating on its obligations under the Biological Weapons Convention." He also notes, "Now a freeze or a mutually agreed increase is not strictly speaking disarmament at all. And such measures may not even be intended to be a first step towards any kind of reduction or abolition. For the aim may simply be to promote stability in force structures. Hence a new term to cover such cases has become fashionable since the 1960s, namely, arms control."[13] The book by Seymour Melman, Inspection for Disarmament, addresses various problems related to the problem of inspection for disarmament, evasion teams, and capabilities and limitations of aerial inspection. Gradually, as the idea of arms control displaced the idea of disarmament, the weaknesses of the present arms control paradigm have created problems for the idea of disarmament itself.[citation needed] References and footnotes[edit] Specific references:

^ UN General Assembly, Final Document of the First Special
Session on Disarmament
Archived November 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., para. 22. ^ Marriott, Leo (2005), Treaty Cruisers: The First International Warship Building Competition, Barnsley: Pen & Sword, ISBN 1-84415-188-3  ^ Kellogg-Briand Pact
Kellogg-Briand Pact
1928, Yale University, archived from the original on 2012-05-09  ^ "The League And Disarmament: A Story Of Failure".  ^ John Minnion and Philip Bolsover (eds.) The CND Story, Alison and Busby, 1983, ISBN 0-85031-487-9 ^ " Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
(CND)". Spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-01-09.  ^ A brief history of CND ^ "Early defections in march to Aldermaston". Guardian Unlimited. 1958-04-05.  ^ "Address by President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
to the UN General Assembly". U.S. Department of State.  ^ Jonathan Schell. The Spirit of June 12 The Nation, July 2, 2007. ^ 1982 - a million people march in New York City Archived June 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The UN office at Geneva - Disarmament
in Geneva ^ disarmament: Definition and Much More from Answers.com

General references:

Jonathan M. Feldman. "From the From Warfare State to 'Shadow State': Militarism, Economic Depletion and Reconstruction," Social Text, 91, Volume 25, Number 22 Summer, 2007. Seymour Melman, Editor, Inspection for Disarmament
(New York: Columbia University Press, 1958). Alva Myrdal. The Game of Disarmament: How the United States
United States
and Russia run the arms race (New York: Pantheon, 1978). Marcus G. Raskin. "Draft Treaty for a Comprehensive Program for Common Security and General Disarmament," in Essays of a Citizen: From National Security State to Democracy (Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 1991): 227-291.

See also[edit]

Arms control Arms embargo Guns versus butter model List of chemical arms control agreements Military
Keynesianism Nuclear disarmament

Decommissioning of Russian nuclear-powered vessels

Peace dividend United Nations
United Nations
Office for Disarmament

External links[edit]

UN - Disarmament
Affairs Disarmament
Insight Blogsite Seymour Melman
Seymour Melman
Website Archive of Related Writings Economic Reconstruction Website Archive of Related Writings Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's Research on Arms Control and Non-Proliferation League of Nations
League of Nations
conference listing Columbia Encyclopedia entry for "Naval conference"

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