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a competition between nations to have the most powerful armaments

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b) Use her utmost endeavour to bring about negotiations at all levels for agreement to end the armaments race and to lead to a general disarmament convention.
There could be a new armaments race between Europe and Russia.
Chapter four asks how it was possible for relatively small bureaucracies to govern the outposts of such a huge empire, while chapter five explores the interaction of financial institutions and the armaments race between European powers in the period of The Scramble for Africa.
inspections in Iraq, this general trend towards an armaments race in the region must be discouraged.
The catechism waters this teaching down: "The armaments race does not ensure peace.