The New START agreement is now the only treaty capping the world’s two largest nuclear weapons arsenals—and it is in jeopardy. The U.S. and Russian presidents can extend it—and its irreplaceable verification and monitoring system—for up to five years if they choose. The actions of Congress can help protect and extend it.
For decades, national security and health experts have warned of the risks of global threats that are simply too big for one country to handle, such as disease pandemics, climate change, and nuclear war. For many years, the response of our national and global leaders has fallen short.
Reflecting public health concerns, the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference, scheduled to begin Apr. 27, has been postponed.
The extension of New START remains up in the air as the Trump administration pushes talks with China.
The Pentagon is no longer seeking to update its aircraft used to photograph Russian military sites.
The State Department’s head of delegation to the 2020 NPT Review Conference provides the U.S. perspective on the meeting.