Speakers: Joseph Cirincione and Scott D. Sagan Presider: Charles D. Ferguson
Policymakers, analysts, and expert observers gathered in Washington, DC, for the Council on Foreign Relations' Workshop on Evaluating and Strengthening the Nonproliferation Regime. Over the course of three sessions, workshop participants addressed these and other questions about the overall health of the nonproliferation regime, and how to improve it over the near and long terms.
On April 5, 2009, President Barack Obama spoke in Prague, calling nuclear terrorism "the most immediate and extreme threat to global security." His speech announced a Global Summit on Nuclear Security, which became the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). The first summit took place in Washington, DC in April 2010.
David Sanger writes that Pakistan's weak nuclear safeguards and tenuous political situation are the stuff that nightmares are made of, as well as one of the key concerns of the new Obama administration.
Don Oberdorfer, a leading expert on North and South Korea, says he sees no evidence North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has moved to relinquish control, despite reports concerning his illness and succession.
Gary Samore, who was active in nuclear diplomacy with North Korea in the Clinton administration, says the latest agreement between the United States and North Korea is only a "very modest step forward" because it allows the next administration to proceed further in seeking a nuclear-disarmed North Korea.
Michael Krepon, a well-known expert on South Asia and nuclear nonproliferation, says that the U.S.-India nuclear agreement is likely to weaken efforts at strengthening nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. He says that Congress will likely approve the agreement on the grounds it will improve relations with India and increase American jobs.
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The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.