Rethinking US Nuclear Weapons Policy
October 30, 2008
11:30 a.m. Registration
Union League Club of Chicago
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The ultimate American goal should be multilateral, verifiable nuclear disarmament, according to recommendations from a Stanley Foundation project.
To achieve this, the US will need to take several steps, including adoption of a no-first-use policy, pursuing the removal of all remaining US nuclear weapons from Europe, negotiating an extension of the START verification protocol with Russia, and engaging China in ways that build a secure nuclear future.
Nearly 20 years after the end of the Cold War, the US still has more than 5,000 nuclear weapons in its stockpile and keeps many of them on high-alert status—ready to be launched at a moment's notice.
The US is also one of the few countries that has not ratified an agreement to end nuclear weapons testing and has in recent years pursued the rejuvenation of its stockpile and considered building new nuclear weapons. At the same time, the US has been an active proponent of stopping the spread of nuclear material and technologies to others around the globe.
With a new incoming presidential administration, the US will undertake a formal review of its nuclear weapons policy. With this in mind, the Stanley Foundation launched a US Nuclear Policy Review project to produce recommendations for changing US nuclear weapons policy.
Join panelists on October 30 as they share those recommendations for what a new US nuclear weapons policy should look like.
Moderator: Brian Hanson, Associate Director of the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies and Lecturer in Political Science, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University
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