W CS 27

Globalization (1991-Present)

The global balance of power shifted with the end of the Cold War. Wars, territorial disputes, ethnic and cultural conflicts, acts of terrorism, advances in technology, expansion of human rights, and changes in the global economy present new challenges.

Content Statement

27. Proliferation of nuclear weapons has created a challenge to world peace.

Content Elaborations

The end of the Cold War posed new challenges with the proliferation of nuclear weapons and their threat to world peace. The collapse of the Soviet Union raised concerns for the nuclear weapons stored in some of the former Soviet republics.

Instability in many of the former Soviet republics raised global concerns regarding the safety of the weapons they hold and the possibilities for proliferation.

The possibility of access to nuclear weapons by terrorists and those countries that support terrorism also poses a challenge to world peace.

Expectations for Learning

Describe how proliferation of nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War has created a challenge to world peace.