A Season for Disarmament
April 4, 2010
The New York Times
Just prior to the signing of the New START Treaty and on the eve of the Nuclear Security Summit, Mr. Blix discusses the global movement “…to free the world from nuclear weapons”. Read the op-ed.
Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons
March 25, 2010
The Globe and Mail
Jean Chrétien, Joe Clark, Ed Broadbent and Lloyd Axworthy
The three former Canadian officials write that, “We believe that the future of humanity is as threatened now as it was at the end of the Second World War from proliferation of nuclear weapons.” And, “We therefore support the goals of our colleagues in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Australia and call on governments and ordinary people everywhere to push for action now before it is too late. Read the op-ed.
(Prospects for New Security Architecture, Nuclear Relations, CFE Treaty)
March 18, 2010
Alexei Arbatov, Vladimir Dvorkin, Sergey Oznobishchev, Alexander Pikaev
Despite the frequently declared focus on partnership, the NATO Russia relations have not yet reached a conflict-free and constructive level. Within the past two decades, the actual sharpness of the differences and discrepancies between the parties has not decreased; in fact, at times it has risen quite drastically. Despite the fact that none of successive Russia's presidents has ruled out the possibility of Russia's accession to NATO, the West invariably disregarded these messages. Although there is quite a number of institutions and decisions to promote European security, the task of its enhancement certainly remains relevant. It is obvious that some elements of the existing European order are extremely fragile and inefficient
NATO's Tactical Nuclear Dilemma
March 1, 2010
Royal United Services Institute
Malcolm Chalmers, Simon Lunn
The purpose of this RUSI occasional paper is to contribute to the emerging debate on the future of the small number of remaining US nuclear weapons in Europe. During the Cold War, these weapons played a central role in NATO plans for deterring a Soviet attack on NATO. As late as 1991, the US maintained around 2,500 such warheads in Europe, operationally deployed with short-range artillery and missiles, surface ships and dual-capable aircraft. The clear message was that, if it came to war with the Soviet Union, early nuclear use by NATO was a distinct possibility. Since the Cold War ended, however, the role of these weapons in NATO strategy has been dramatically reduced, as have their numbers.
How to Protect Our Nuclear Deterrent
January 19, 2010
The Wall Street Journal
George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn
The four of us have come together, now joined by many others, to support a global effort to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, to prevent their spread into potentially dangerous hands, and ultimately to end them as a threat to the world. We do so in recognition of a clear and threatening development.