A group of current and former high-level British parliamentarians discussed the need for American leadership in pursuit of global nuclear disarmament, the importance of developments in Iran for British security, and the challenges of engaging public opinion across Europe on issues of nonproliferation and disarmament.
Responding to non-compliance is a promising area for progress at the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, because it imposes no additional burden on states that are playing by the rules.
France is closer in agreement with other nuclear-weapon states in moving towards nuclear abolition than some might think -- but not without seeing other nuclear powers fulfill their end of the bargain.
Nuclear-weapon states should commission their defense ministries and think tanks to perform serious analysis on the practical steps of moving towards zero nuclear weapons.
Fully factoring concerns about proliferation into nuclear-energy policy will promote a much needed debate about whether some technologies are too proliferation-sensitive to be deployed despite potential economic benefits.
Those opposed to ridding the world of nuclear weapons have a tendency of setting up and knocking down the same old straw men, argue George Perkovich and James. M Acton. If disarmament advocates want to improve the debate, they need to stress that the US would not disarm unilaterally or leave its allies in the lurch.
Russia will not agree to the kind of deep cuts in nuclear weapons envisioned by President Obama without a concrete deal on missile defense.
James M. Acton, Pierre Goldschmidt, and George Perkovich argue that the position taken by Senator Jon Kyl and Richard Perle on US nuclear weapons policy is to be welcome as a stimulus to analysis and debate, but relies on a series of invalid premises.
The Carnegie Endowment and the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted a discussion with Juergen Trittin, former German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Mr. Trittin, who is a leading candidate of the Green Party in the upcoming German elections, offered his views on nonproliferation, disarmament, and nuclear energy.
In just twelve years of existence the Chemical Weapons Convention has succeeded in destroying 43% of the world’s chemical weapons.