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The Obama Transformation: Can it Succeed?

July 1, 2009

Security Index

Joseph Cirincione

Reports/Studies


President Barack Obama has one of the most comprehensive, progressive and ambitious arms control and disarmament agendas every proposed by a U.S. president… Implementing this agenda, however, will require the president to secure the active cooperation of Russian leaders while overcoming serious domestic resistance to his plans… Overall, it appears that prospects are improving for sustaining and building a bipartisan consensus around the basic elements of the Obama plan. This is due to several factors, including the increase in the nuclear threats, the failure of previous strategies, the development of new policies, and the commitment of the new president and other state leaders to this new approach. The next twelve to eighteen months will determine if these plans can succeed.

Achieving Nuclear Zero: Way Ahead

July 1, 2009

Security Index

James Goodby

Reports/Studies


A conference at the Hoover Institution in 2006, convened by George Shultz and Sidney Drell on the 20th anniversary of Reykjavik, considered what it would take to rekindle the vision shared by Reagan and Gorbachev. The participants agreed that a world without nuclear weapons was not only a goal worth pursuing, in itself, but would also invigorate efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons…At the second conference at the Hoover Institution one year later, this time in cooperation with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons was reaffirmed, and specific steps toward that end were elaborated in considerable detail… central to the case for revisiting the idea of a world free of nuclear weapons as an operationally meaningful goal... In contrast to the world reaction in 1986, which was highly skeptical, the reaction in 2006 and thereafter has been remarkably positive.

Next Steps in US-Russian Arms Control

July 1, 2009

Security Index

Edward Ifft

Reports/Studies


The arrival of the Obama administration in the United States, along with several aspects of the world situation, indicates that we are about to see a revitalization of the arms control process in general, and the U.S. Russian arms control process in particular. The relevant circumstances of the world situation are familiar to us all–the expiration of the START Treaty next December, the approaching NPT Review Conference next year, the urgent need to resolve the problems created by the nuclear activities of Iran and North Korea, the failure of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva to make any progress whatsoever for almost 13 years and the growing realization (especially in the U.S.A, U.K. and elsewhere, and, I hope that includes Russia) that a continuation of the current situation, in which thousands of nuclear weapons are deployed, with thousands more in reserve, is both unnecessary and dangerous.

Nuclear Zero: Key Issues to be Addressed

July 1, 2009

Security Index

George Perkovich

Reports/Studies


In the West today, and perhaps in Russia, leading circles believe that nuclear deterrence is what prevented the U.S. and the Soviet Union from fighting directly during the Cold War. Many assume that these weapons will continue to deter without fail. Both ideas deserve to be questioned.

Nuclear-Weapons-Free-World: Ways of Moving Ahead

April 1, 2009

Security Index

Roland Timerbaev

Reports/Studies


There has recently been growing interest in the issue of nuclear disarmament, nuclear free world, but world open towards peaceful nuclear energy uses for the benefit of mankind. Such interest is to a large extent caused by the immediate task of strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime, especially on the eve of the 2010 NPT Review Conference.