U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden gave this speech at National Defense University on February 18, 2010. It is entitled "The Path to Nuclear Security: Implementing the President's Prague Agenda." President Obama spoke in Prague in April 2009 and discussed the creation of a global national security summit.
In this The New Republic op-ed, Matthew Kroenig discusses Beijing and Moscow's reluctance to enforce sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, suggesting both countries may see an upside to a nuclear-armed Iran.
With or without a follow-on agreement to START, the number of warheads in the Russian nuclear arsenal continues to shrink. But that doesn’t mean Moscow has given up modernizing its strategic nuclear forces.
A CFR expert on nuclear issues, Paul Lettow says President Obama's agenda will be heavily tilted toward nuclear issues in 2010. He says this is "the ideal moment for strong American leadership on these issues," and despite Obama's disappointment in not wrapping up a new START treaty by the end of the year, Lettow expects the treaty to be signed in early 2010.
If the Obama administration has any hope of reducing the world's nuclear arsenals, the U.S. government will have to assuage the fears of nonnuclear states, diminish the prestige of nuclear weapons, and address the risk of proliferation posed by civilian nuclear energy programs.
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