“Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.”

– Bernie Sanders

Ideological alignment, economic cooperation and multilateral agreements in today’s globalised world have led to an intricate global landscape. Nation-states, barring a few, have come to understand that progress does not lie in isolation, but connectivity. This realisation has also reshaped the nature of armed conflict. As domestic interests intertwine with broader regional interests, serious armed conflict has become more dangerous and unlikely. Dangerous because of the expansion in technology and the growing global arsenal of nuclear warheads. Unlikely because a small scale war can easily erupt into a full blown aggressive because superpowers and middle powers have their interests scattered beyond their own borders. In this global landscape, a reduction in arms could be a welcome initiative. Military spending can be redirected towards human development and nation building. Perhaps global leaders should assess the opportunity cost of this transformation, and consider making this world safer and more progressive.