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What is the best way to address the question of nuclear proliferation in the coming century In this paper I will state my views on the inevitability of nuclear proliferation and the views of others as well as addressing what will come of the vertical proliferation of nuclear technology and delivery systems The potential use of nuclear weapons continues to pose one of the greatest immediate dangers to world security ZacharyDp106 Everything depends on how proliferation is managed Mismanaged proliferation could produce disaster and well managed proliferation could reduce the threat of a nuclear war and other threats The dangers that could arise from mismanaged proliferation are profound and numerous There is the danger that the proliferation process itself could give one of the existing nuclear powers a strong incentive to stop a non-nuclear neighbor from joining the nuclear club like how Israel used force to stop Iraq from acquiring a nuclear capability There is also the danger that an unstable nuclear competition could emerge among the new nuclear states like India and Pakistan They might lack the resources to make their nuclear forces invulnerable which could create first-strike incentives Also there is the danger that proliferation would increase the risk that nuclear weapons could be fired by accident captured by terrorists or change possession because of governments People also think that these and other dangers of proliferation can be lessened if the current nuclear powers take the right steps To stop preventive attacks they can extend security guarantees To help the new nuclear powers secure their deterrents they can provide technical assistance although this has backfired in the past for example Pakistan received a lot of conventional weapons from the US to stop their nuclear weapons program then Pakistan didnt stop and they used the US F-16 for their delivery system The first nuclear powers can agree to arms control like strategic arms reduction treaty between the
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