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Among the multitude of non-weapon-bearers, the tableau de la troupe has in recent times been enormously extended and enriched by the entry of an impressive procession of actors indicated as international organizations. This chapter discusses the actors, who habitually carry weapons or take up arms for some cause; and most prominent among these candidates for stardom are the States. Although one of its main organs, the Security Council, holds powers that are connected with the use of force, even the system of collective security as established by the Charter has never purported to deprive the States of their right to maintain armed forces. And this right logically includes the right to acquire and deploy weapons-as States have done at all times and are doing to the present day, for a variety of purposes. The chapter briefly explores these diverse purposes inducing States to acquire armaments.

Keywords: collective security; international organizations; national security; security council; weapon-bearing actors



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