von Hassel, Kai-Uwe
January 1964
Foreign Affairs;Jan1964, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p184
Academic Journal
Some 15 years ago, the United Nations had disappointed many people in their belief that the provisions of the Charter, and in particular the power attributed to the Security Council, would not only be a means of bringing the world powers together around the conference table but would also help to create the collective instrument of a U.N. Force that would be able to bring to bear the wish of all mankind for peace. Nevertheless, an easiness similar to that of 15 years ago can be observed among the public in the U.S. They are questioning the value of further defense efforts, now that the door seems to open for a policy of détente to over years to come. This article discusses how mankind's ardent desire for peace by détente and its fear of war caused by weakness raise questions of security and freedom at a time when it is neither possible as yet to satisfy that desire nor to remove the fear. The author emphasizes that governments should ensure that the instrument of collective security forged by the free world is not only keen-edged but also recognized as such by the enemy. The article also presents the German federal government's position with regard to the problems of détente and security.


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