Nine countries in the world are nuclear-capable: China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As of January 2017, these nuclear powers possessed approximately 14,935 nuclear weapons, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Even as the total global nuclear weapons arsenal has gradually decreased, some of the nuclear nine continue to build their nuclear potential. The global stockpile of nuclear weapons has decreased almost fourfold since 1986 when the volume of these weapons reached a peak of about 65,000 units.
Since January 2014, armedconflicts and war have killed more than214,000people worldwide.Approximately one thirdof all victims-about 77,000 people - were claimed in thewar in Syria alone during the period. An additional 40,000 casualties are attributable to a conflict minimally discussed by Western media -the civil war that erupted in December 2013 in South Sudan, the world's youngest country. The war in Ukraine, which began in 2014, had already taken at least 4,843 lives. Some ongoing conflicts last for decades. The combined death toll of the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the 1970s - including the LRA insurgency,...
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A Country's projection of power relies in large part upon its military capabilities. Successfully being able to project and wield that power is a key diplomatic asset. America's biggest conventional military advantages is its fleet of 19 aircrafts carriers, compared to 12 carriers operated by the rest of the World combined. These massive carriers allow the US to setup forward operating bases anywhere and project power throughtout the World.
The 2017 Global Peace Index: Armed Conflicts | Safety and Security | Militarization