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For proponents of disarmament, an increase in weaponry is always bad, since they Arms Control: Concepts and Debates 19 consider it to be a cause of war. Arms controllers, however, do not consider weapons as such to be causes of war. For them, the causes are mutual suspicion and the fear of states that other states might exploit imbalances in arms possession to their advantage. From this perspective, arming might be a good thing – if it helps to establish a military balance. Proponents of arms control criticize disarmament as a utopian concept.

Strong elements of mutual interest in the avoidance of a war that neither side wants, in minimizing the costs and risks of the arms competition, and in curtailing the scope and violence of war in the event it occurs’ (Schelling and Halperin 1961: 1). Because of their destructive power, this holds especially for the case of nuclear weapons, but it is equally applicable to conventional, chemical, biological and other weapons (Larsen 2002a: Footnote 21). The following are thus three main aims of arms control: (1) reducing the risk of war, (2) reducing the cost of preparing for war, and (3) reducing damage should war occur (Larsen 2002a: 7–9; Müller and Schörnig 2006: 124–6).

1997; Neuneck and Mutz 2000). Preventive arms control is a special case of qualitative arms control. The central idea of preventive arms control is that control already takes place in the early phase of the life cycle of certain weapons. In this early phase, the foreseeable military options that are potentially destabilizing can be averted by blocking or at least steering the process of technological innovation and development that would lead to the option of their use (Gießmann et al. 2000: 106–8).

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