Author: Henry Sokolski, Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center
Council on Foreign Relations Press
At the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference in May 2010, the topic of nuclear disarmament certainly will be discussed. But by their nature, large-scale international efforts involve consensus among a multitude of parties. Efforts to control nuclear weapons and their associated technologies run into particular technical limits. In this International Institutions and Global Governance program Working Paper, Henry Sokolski argues that current U.S. political will to reduce nuclear dangers should be channeled into a practical set of control measures that are more likely to secure bipartisan support and can begin to be implemented without the legal consent of other states.
Henry Sokolski is the executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), a Washington, DC–based nonprofit organization. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC, and just completed service as a member of the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. Previously, Mr. Sokolski served as deputy for nonproliferation policy in the first Bush administration under Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney and as a defense and military aide in the U.S. Senate. He has edited numerous volumes on strategic weapons proliferation issues and is author of Best of Intentions: America's Campaign Against Strategic Weapons Proliferation.