AUTHORBlechman, Dr. Barry, Ed.
TITLEUnblocking the Road to Zero: Russia and the United States
PUBLISHERThe Henry L. Stimson Center
CITYWashington, D.C.
DATE PUBLISHEDJuly 2009
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This book contains two separate discussions that explore the nuclear strategy and policy of Russia and the United States, respectively. The first paper discusses the Russian rationale for maintaining nuclear weapons, including security and prestige. By examining Russia’s changing strategic posture after the Cold War, the author concludes that numerous conditions would need to be met for Russia to consider moving to zero nuclear weapons, many of which hinge on the cooperation of the United States. The second paper examines the U.S. rationale for developing and modernizing its nuclear weapons, which began out of fear of Hitler’s bomb program and has continued because of the U.S. policy of deterrence. The author finds that despite America's commanding role in global nonproliferation initiatives, it is unlikely to eliminate its nuclear arsenal completely. The main priorities of the United States are persuading Iran and North Korea to halt their nuclear weapons programs, negotiating with Russia for deeper reductions in the Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals, and seeking ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) by the U.S. Senate and other key states such as China, India, Israel, and Pakistan. Both essays include an extensive list of notes. The publication is a part of the Global Zero project, a partnership between the Henry L. Stimson Center and the World Security Institute, the goal of which is to help responsible governments work toward negotiated nuclear disarmament.


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