1945

Every quest needs a fellowship

Each cause requires its champions and every complex subject its community of practice. Disarmament is no exception. The practice of modern arms control and disarmament started with The Hague conferences in 1899. A hodgepodge of disarmament practitioners from diverse backgrounds emerged in the post- World War I period after extensive references to the subject were written into the Covenant of the League of Nations. However, it was not until well after the San Francisco Charter and the atomic turn that a distinct epistemic community came into existence. Outside of a few States, and in many ways within them as well, it was a volunteer transdisciplinary community: self-taught and self-motivated, forced to learn by the compulsions of international negotiations, technological shifts and domestic policy turns.

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