Naval War College Review


It has been argued that a balance of power between opposed na­tions or alliances, the possession on both sides of such forces and weapons that neither is able to impose its will on the other, is an important though precarious source of international security: precarious because ... it provides no guarantee against war and de­feat and...is inherently un­stable: important, because in a world that is armed and divided ... no less precarious source of International security is available.