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The act of disarming, or the policy of reducing a nation's production of military weapons in the interests of regional or international peace. The policy was strongly advocated by the Second Vatican Council: "True peace must be born of mutual trust between peoples instead of being forced on nations through dread of arms; all must work to put an end to the arms race and make a real beginning of disarmament, not unilaterally indeed but at an equal rate on all sides, on the basis of agreements and backed up but genuine and effective guarantees" (Constitution of the Church in the Modern World, 82).