Magazine article Arms Control Today

Editor's NOTE

Magazine article Arms Control Today

Editor's NOTE

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President Barack Obama's April 5 speech in Prague listed a host of nuclear challenges and sketched out plans for meeting them. In this month's issue, three experts provide detailed analyses that fill out and go beyond the broad agenda that Obama articulated in his speech.

Obama announced a new international effort to secure vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years, vowing to expand cooperation with Russia and "pursue new partnerships" in that effort. In our cover story, Kenneth N. Luongo argues for an effort that continues to give the proper attention to "the old neighborhood" of Russia and the other former Soviet states but broadens the geographical and conceptual focus. A key element, Luongo says, is to include biological as well as nuclear threats.

Lewis A. Dunn also emphasizes cooperation and partnership, but his focus is on U.S. opportunities in two countries, Russia and China. Dunn proposes a series of "cooperative security activities" the United States could pursue with those countries. Among his list of suggestions is information sharing by the United States on its ongoing Nuclear Posture Review.

Obama's Prague speech emphasized the need to punish violators of global nonproliferation rules. But it is difficult to press for punishment if there is no consensus on what constitutes a violation of the rules. In a closely argued analysis, John Carlson delves into the issue of safeguards noncompliance.

Meanwhile, William Lanouette looks back at the question of "civilian control" of nuclear weapons, a question that has surfaced in different forms at various points in the nuclear age. …

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