The two presidents have missed a historic opportunity to set up an international exchange of data on nuclear stockpiles, as well as mutual, verifiable elimination of warheads.
The following is not our normal project analysis. Rather it is a link to an analysis by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show. This short video clip provides humorous and, some may think, valuable insight into the recent U.S.-Russian nuclear reduction treaty. It features commentary by Project Director Joseph Cirincione. As far as we know, this is the first—and perhaps the last—time that a proliferation expert has appeared on Comedy Central.
The precipitous decline of Russian power and influence in the world may stand as the most significant development for international relations of the last quarter of the 20th century. Never in modern history has a great power fallen so far so fast during peacetime.
A million Indian and Pakistani troops face-off along the Line of Control. A suicide attack in Kashmir on May 14 leaves thirty-four people, mostly women and children, dead. The Indian army, which has borne the brunt of casualties in Kashmir, is now eager to "teach Pakistan a lesson." Pakistan has reportedly deployed the nuclear-capable, 750 km-range Shaheen missile along the border. This is South Asia heading toward limited war.
When even the <i>New York Times</i> gets it wrong, you know there is deep confusion about the arms control treaty Presidents Bush and Putin will sign this week--inspired in part by the administration's hyperbole. Contrary to the <i>Times</i> reporting on Monday, the new treaty will not "winnow their nuclear arsenals by two-thirds in the next decade" or "eliminate thousands of nuclear weapons," as an op-ed mistakenly said. Ten years from now, when the treaty concludes and expires, the United States and Russia will each have over ten thousand nuclear weapons-exactly what they have today.
Musharraf's decision to create a new anti-terrorism task force and the arrest of over 400 Islamists is unlikely to deter future terrorist attacks.
The United States and Russia are finalizing a strategic arms reduction agreement in time for the summit meeting of Presidents Bush and Putin in Russia on May 23-24. The agreement is a welcome change from the Administration's previous insistence on unbridled unilateral flexibility in strategic policy.