Many Bush administration officials came into office believing the claims of advocates that we already have an effective military defense against missiles—all that has been lacking has been the political will to deploy. But these officials had their own mind-bending experience as Pentagon leaders carefully explained that there is no missile defense.
At a May 2 event on Capitol Hill, the Non-Proliferation Project officially released a new report,"Russia's Nuclear and Missile Complex: The Human Factor in Proliferation" by Russian social scientist Valentin Tikhonov. At the event, Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), a leading expert in the House on nonproliferation issues, called the deterioration of Russia's nuclear cities a matter of U.S. national security.
Presentations by Vann van Diepen and Richard Speier
Proliferation Roundtable with presentations by Ernest Moniz, Thomas Neff and William H. Timbers
Press Conference on Capitol Hill with Representative Ellen Tauscher (D-CA)
Presentation by Milton Leitenberg, Senior Fellow, Center for International and Security Studies
China warned the U.S. on April 25 that planned arms sales to Taiwan could damage relations, specifically in the area of cooperative nonproliferation efforts. Once considered the primary source of missile and WMD proliferation, in recent years China has scaled back these activites.
On April 11, the Carnegie Moscow Center hosted the Russian premiere of the movie "Thirteen Days." As part of a distinguished panel that discussed the Cuban Missile Crisis following the screening, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamera highlighted four of the miscalculations made by both sides during the crisis that could have led to nuclear war.
President Bush and his new foreign policy team have announced that they plan to undertake a full review of all aspects of American policy toward Russia on matters like economic assistance, NATO expansion and missile defense. There must be a new agenda, we are told, because the old approach of cooperation and engagement pursued by the Clinton administration has been ineffective.
Presentations by Jan Lodal and Jeremy Stone