More than four years after President Barack Obama’s 2009 Prague speech declared the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide, the nuclear landscape has become more complex and precarious and shows little sign of movement toward abolition. The so-called global zero initiative has arguably been overtaken by countervailing nuclear realities. Yet the administration remains mired in a Cold War paradigm, gearing up for more U.S.-Russia arms control.
Instead, the Obama administration should focus on other components of its 2010 Nuclear Posture Review as priorities for advancing nonproliferation objectives. These include securing nuclear materials, institutionalizing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), capping global production of fissile material and, more broadly, devaluing the role of nuclear weapons in global security. As in other realms, the United States-China relationship will be a major factor determining the nuclear future. ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
- TWO WEEKS FREE.
- Cancel any time.
- After two weeks, just $11.99 monthly or $94.99/year.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- The Realist Prism: Obama’s Muddled Messaging Encourages U.S. Allies to Free Ride
- Global Insights: Low-Key Caspian Sea Summit Has Far-Reaching Implications
- Diplomatic Fallout: U.S. Sidelines Russia at U.N., but Real-World Gains Remain Elusive
- Strategic Horizons: Can U.S. Build a Better Iraqi Army the Second Time Around?
- The Realist Prism: U.S. Ally Status Without Treaty a Hollow Gesture for Ukraine