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Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons (preliminary report)

December 1, 2008

Hoover Institution

edited by George P. Shultz; Sidney D. Drell; and James Goodby


This preliminary report from the "Reykjavik Revisited" conference, held in October 2007, examines the practical steps required to address the nuclear threat and to move toward the goal established by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev at their historic 1986 meeting in Reykjavik: the elimination of nuclear weapons. The distinguished contributors include former officials of the past six administrations and senior scholars and scientific experts on nuclear issues.

The authors offer their views on a range of critical topics, including how to secure nuclear stockpiles and stage reductions toward elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide; confront the challenges of verification and compliance; prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the spread of nuclear enrichment and reprocessing; and terminate reliance on the prompt launch of nuclear-armed missiles and on mutual-assured-destruction strategies. In addition, they explore key issues such as the need for diplomatic efforts where there are regional animosities, and the importance of creating a coalition of nations that will work toward transforming the vision of a world without nuclear weapons into a reality.

This report also includes a letter from Nancy Reagan and the text of an address prepared for the 2007 conference by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Contributors: Steven Andreasen, puce G. Blair, Matthew Bunn, Sidney D. Drell, Robert Einhorn, James E. Goodby, Rose Gottemoeller, David Holloway, Edward Ifft, Raymond Jeanloz, Raymond Juzaitis, Max M. Kampelman, Henry A. Kissinger, Jack F. Matlock Jr., John E. McLaughlin, Sam Nunn, William J. Perry, Henry S. Rowen, George P. Shultz, James Timbie

To read the book online in PDF format, visit the Hoover Institution website.