Current U.S. nuclear weapons policies exceed what is necessary to deter a nuclear attack from any U.S. adversary, and the financial and opportunity costs of the current nuclear modernization plan are rising fast. Here are responses to several common arguments advanced by the supporters of the nuclear weapons status quo against proposals for adjusting the current U.S. nuclear modernization plan so that it is less costly and more conducive to efforts to reduce nuclear weapons risks.
While President Joe Biden faces an array of complex foreign and domestic challenges, early proactive outreach to North Korea must be a priority.
Cuba and Comoros ratified the CTBT in February 2021, becoming the 169th and 170th states, respectively, to deposit their instruments of ratification.
Pyongyang unmoved by early Biden administration overtures for resumed talks designed to “reduce the risk of escalation.”
Criticism of this week's announcement by the United Kingdom on its nuclear weapons arsenal echoes the arguments of anti-nuclear, anti-colonialist leaders of an earlier era.
Two Remain in Contention to Lead CTBTO
Two States Ratify the CTBT
In this analysis we have outlined what we believe to be the five most important sets of nuclear weapons policy
challenges and decisions that the new Biden administration will need to address in its first 100 days and beyond, along
with recommendations for effectively dealing with each of these policy challenges.
After resolving a voting rights issue, CTBTO members are now able to select the organization’s next leader.
Members of Congress continue to push back against the Trump administration’s reported consideration of a nuclear weapons test as negotiators from the House and Senate soon meet to determine whether to allocate funds for such a potential test in next year’s defense bill.