No issue in the area of European military security is more important or more vexed than that of nonstrategic nuclear weapons.
No issue is more urgent or central to achieving progress toward the goal of creating an inclusive Euro-Atlantic Security Community than making European missile defense a joint project of the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and Russia.
While it has been known since early 2004 that the illicit proliferation network headed by A.Q. Khan of Pakistan supplied the nuclear programs of Iran, North Korea, and Libya, certain questions have not yet been resolved.
Tensions between Iran and the international community continue to rise over the country's nuclear program. Leaders on both sides should take appropriate steps to deescalate the crisis and set the stage for reengagement after the U.S. presidential election.
In 2011, a number of conceptions about the way the world is run took a serious hit, including the idea that inequality must be accepted and that national interests should be above electoral ambition.
Turmoil in Arab states and the U.S. nuclear weapons agenda constitute some of the most important developments in the international security environment since 2008, and both have serious implications for global security over the next decade.
While an additional round of U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control is in the national security interest of the United States, carrying out a new round of arms control talks will be extremely difficult.
Congressman Michael Turner spoke on the House defense act and its relation to the New START agreement, further nuclear reductions, U.S. nuclear targeting strategy, missile defense, and non-strategic nuclear weapons in Europe.
The next round of U.S.- Russia arms control presents some truly daunting challenges but there is much that the Obama administration could do in the remainder of its first term to lay the groundwork for another treaty while reducing nuclear risks.
After two decades of stagnation, Russia and the United States have pledged their support for reductions in nuclear warheads. But the vision of mutual disarmament remains plagued by doubts on all sides.