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» April 5 , 2011
 

Low Numbers: A Practical Path to Deep Nuclear Reductions

James Acton | Carnegie Report

Low Numbers

U.S. policy seeks to create the conditions that would allow for deep reductions in nuclear arsenals. Carnegie's James Acton offers a practical approach to reducing the U.S. and Russian stockpiles to 500 nuclear warheads each and those of other nuclear-armed states to no more than about half that number. This target would require Washington and Moscow to reduce their arsenals by a factor of ten.

To achieve these low numbers, Acton argues that the United States should take a comprehensive approach on arms control; engage with its allies to review security threats and responses; address and stabilize conventional imbalances among the United States, China, and Russia; and push for an eventual transparent and multilateral arms control process with other nuclear-armed states. Full Article  

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