Wilson’s fourteen points was his basis for the peace settlement for World War I. One of the main factors Wilson kept in mind was the policy of secret diplomacy. Many countries had made secret peace agreements with each other and Wilson believed the best way for peace would be to make the agreements openly. Next, Wilson believed nations should reduce armaments. He believed that by reducing military forces and weapons, nations would not feel as threatened by each other and the weapons kept handy would be sufficient for domestic safety. Finally, Wilson believed in ensuring self-determination. Self-determination is the right of each people to its own nation. Many ethnic minorities in Europe were eager for their own nations, and Wilson thought it fit for this to occur without absolutism or militarism.