The Biden administration’s decision to declassify information on the number of U.S. nuclear warheads is a welcome step that reverses an unwise decision by the Trump administration.
Most successful U.S. presidents have actively led efforts to advance arms control agreements and reduce the risk of nuclear war.
New leadership in Iran, historical factors and a complicated geostrategic environment are driving
Iranian decision-making, thus making compromise with the West on the nuclear deal unlikely.
With political will, diplomatic skill, and some luck, the JCPOA could survive in some form and become
a cornerstone for future regional weapons of mass destruction and security agreements.
The controversial deal is designed to counter a more assertive China but many worry it could also weaken nonproliferation norms.
Among other issues, the Biden administration’s review will consider whether missile defense should be part of arms control negotiations with Russia.
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U.S. Advances Nuclear Security Goals
A veteran U.S. arms control expert analyzes how the author led the delegation that negotiated the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).
The exercise will influence the future role, size and capabilities of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.