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February 5, 2009

2009 Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference

  • David Miliband Sets Out Six-Point Plan to Rid World of Nuclear Weapons
    The Guardian
  • Five Steps Towards Abolishing Nuclear Weapons
    Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Iran Says US Must Accept Nuclear Programme
    Financial Times
  • Israel Sees No Pressure on Nuclear Ambiguity Policy
  • A Call to Resist the Nuclear Revival
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Air Force Fails New Nuclear Reviews
    The Washington Times
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David Miliband Sets Out Six-Point Plan to Rid World of Nuclear Weapons

The Guardian
UK Foreign Secretary David MilibandDavid Miliband today set out a six-step programme to create the conditions to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

The foreign secretary's move came amid reports that Barack Obama is planning talks with Russia on a new agreement to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, with the possible aim of reducing stockpiles to 1,000 warheads on each side.

Editor's Note: Commissioned in part by the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, George Perkovich and James Acton published an Adelphi Paper, "Abolishing Nuclear Weapons," in August 2008 that examined the political and technical challenges to eliminating nuclear weapons. As a follow-up they have invited a distinguished group of experts from thirteen countries, nuclear and non-nuclear, to critique the Adelphi Paper. The original Adelphi Paper, these critiques, and a response by Perkovich and Acton will shortly be published as a book, "Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Debate," electronic copies of which will be available on the Carnegie Endowment website.

Five Steps Towards Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Mohamed ElBaradei, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Imagine this: a country or group of countries serves notice that they plan to withdraw from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in order to acquire nuclear weapons, citing a dangerous deterioration in the international security situation. "Don't worry," they tell a shocked world. "The fundamental purpose of our nuclear forces is political: to preserve peace and prevent coercion and any kind of war. Nuclear weapons provide the supreme guarantee of our security. They will play an essential role by ensuring uncertainty in the mind of any aggressor about the nature of our response to military aggression."

Iran Says US Must Accept Nuclear Programme

Roula Khalaf and Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Financial Times
A senior adviser to Iran's president says dialogue with the US will succeed only if the Obama administration accepts Tehran's right to have a nuclear programme.

Israel Sees No Pressure on Nuclear Ambiguity Policy

Dan Williams, Reuters
Israel does not expect to come under pressure to scrap the secrecy around its nuclear capabilities as the United States reviews strategies towards Iran's atomic ambitions, an Israeli official said on Wednesday.

A Call to Resist the Nuclear Revival

Victor Gilinsky, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
When formulating its nuclear energy policy, the new Obama administration will have to face the reality that advances in technology, combined with politics and ideology, have made it much harder to prevent nuclear energy use from contributing to the spread of the Bomb. To avoid a future Hobbesian nuclear jungle, the United States and other world governments will need to agree on tougher nuclear controls.

Air Force Fails New Nuclear Reviews

Bill Gertz, The Washington Times
Air Force nuclear units have failed two inspections in the past three months, providing fresh evidence that the military service that jarred the world in 2007 by mistakenly transporting live nuclear weapons across the United States continues to suffer lapses in its management of intercontinental ballistic missiles.


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