International experts have called for a stronger U.S. role in leading global nuclear disarmament. The question is whether U.S. disarmament will also influence the direction of nuclear weapons programs and the aspirations of future nuclear proliferators in a positive way. If one takes a look at the evolution of nuclear proliferation after the end of the Cold War, one can see that U.S. conventional military prowess and regional security concerns are more powerful drivers of global nuclear proliferation than U.S. nuclear policy. Thus, the relatively weak relationship between U.S. nuclear policy and the actions of proliferators is not a compelling justification for a greater nuclear disarmament effort toward a nuclear free world. There is a growing awareness that the steps the international community will take towards a nuclear free world do not adequately respond to the danger of further nuclear proliferation.
|State||Published - 18 Jan 2010|