Publié le 08/06/2020


The term “arms race” does not accurately reflect the events of the Cold War, let alone the multipolar logics that have followed it.

This new nuclear multipolarity favors individual trajectories, in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the development of arsenals, while running the risk of encouraging rivalries that could, in the long run, threaten strategic balances and the nuclear status quo.


Corentin Brustlein is Research Fellow, Director of Ifri's Security Studies Center.


Article published in Politique étrangère, Vol. 85, No. 2, Summer 2020 [1]