As an admirer and supporter of Egon Bahr I am eager to join this excellent initiative. As you probably know I was, with former prime minister Ingvar Carlsson, former foreign ministers Karin Söder and Hans Blix, a member of the Swedish quartet in support
European security ...is under threat once again. So, once again, Europe’s security must top our political agenda. Even before the Ukraine conflict began in 2014, there were growing signs of a brewing confrontation between rival blocs... Arms-control agreements, history has demonstrated, are not the result of existing trust – they are a means to build trust where it has been lost. In 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear confrontation...Soon after the crisis – when the US-Soviet relationship was at an all-time low – both superpowers decided that it was time to work across the divide, through small and concrete steps. This principle was also at the heart of Willy Brandt’s Neue Ostpolitik in the 1960s and 1970s....
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute annual nuclear forces data which highlights the current trends and developments in world nuclear arsenals. The data shows that while the overall number of nuclear weapons in the world continues to decline, none of the nuclear weapon-possessing states are prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future.
Aufgaben der Vereinten Nationen zur Erhaltung von Frieden und Sicherheit / What We Do – Maintain International Peace and Security:
”… The United Nations came into being in 1945, following the devastation of the Second World War, with one central mission: the maintenance
“When I left the Pentagon, I believed we were well on the way to ending forever that Cold War enmity, but that was not to be.”…
Since then, relations between the West and Russia have soured badly, prompting Russia to modernize its nuclear arsenal and assume a more aggressive
“By the late 1960s, the stage was set for detente …. For detente to succeed, the West would have to accept an ideologically divided Europe for the foreseeable future. / For the German nation, this meant a divided country, locked in separate spheres of influence