CREATORCooper, David A.
TITLEAligning Disarmament to Nuclear Dangers: Off to a Hasty START?
DATE ACCESSED11 September 2017

This 2009 article presents a discussion of U.S. President Barack Obama’s attempt to re-engage in negotiations on nuclear disarmament with Russia in the summer of 2009. The article begins with a brief overview of post-Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) discussions between the U.S. and Russia during the U.S. President George W. Bush administration. It then presents an analysis of Russian motivations in reigniting those talks, what the author sees as the pros and cons for the U.S. of prospective agreements, and the potential consequences of negotiations in the realm of nuclear threats. The author argues that the Russians are likely to gain more and the U.S. lose more from a reduction in nuclear force of the type that Russia seems to be proposing. The latter part of the article considers how various outcomes of the negotiations could affect China and Iran in terms of their nuclear capabilities.

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