AUTHORSquassoni, Sharon
TITLEThe New Disarmament Discussion
PERIODICAL TITLEDiplomatic History
DATE PUBLISHEDJanuary 2009
VOLUME NUMBER108
ISSUE NUMBER714
PAGE NUMBERS33-38
ISSN0145-2096
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In this article, the author argues that nuclear disarmament must be taken seriously as a strategy to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism and proliferation, noting that a mainstream consensus for such an approach has emerged. While previously the dominant logic in the field was nuclear deterrence, questions about the security of nuclear stockpiles have led to a situation where it may be argued that it is more dangerous to possess weapons than to be unarmed. In particular, the author cites an article written by four preeminent statesmen, George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, William Perry, and Sam Nunn, titled, “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons.” Despite the potential advantages of nuclear disarmament, the author recognizes that challenges to the vision include achieving international cooperation, the risk of a country breaking out from zero nukes, and preventing proliferation while still allowing for development of civilian nuclear power. The author is an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


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