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August 8, 2012 | Why Israel (and the US) Exaggerate the Iran Problem

Israel’s “bomb Iran fever” is based on lies and what if’s. ++ Iran does not even have nuclear weapons and has offered concessions beyond its obligations under the NPT, but still Israel is foolishly convinced that it is a …More

October 11, 2011 | Great Recession is a Chance at Nuclear Disarmament

The Great Recession represents an opportunity to reactivate stalled nuclear arms reduction efforts, including ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. ++ Nuclear arsenals are still too large; they are a budgetary albatross …More

September 17, 2010 | Eliminating the Nuclear Threat Is Not a Pipe Dream

Klaus Naumann: To achieve a nuclear free world a “No-First-Use” declaration should be collectively agreed. The US-Russia treaty on the reduction of strategic nuclear weapons should be followed by further measures to reduce the global nuclear stockpile to 2,000, or less than 10% of today’s number, by 2025. …More

July 26, 2010 | Hybrid Arms Control Treaty Could be the Ticket

Greg Randolph Lawson: The fundamental shortcoming of the arms control agreement now before the US Senate is the lack of an effective verification scheme. A hybrid treaty embracing the START I verification regime with the limits on nuclear weapons established by the 2002 SORT Treaty is to be preferred to the current one. …More

May 31, 2010 | The Way to Denuclearize the World

Alexandra Dobra: The apparent obligation of all States to ratify the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) faces three antagonistic variables; namely the State sovereignty, the global anarchy and the economic prospects. …More

April 12, 2010 | New US Nuclear Strategy is Misguided

Greg Randolph Lawson: Though heralded by many, the Obama’s new nuclear strategy is a misguided document that glosses over the relative stability nuclear weapons provide while reducing the credibility of deterrence when confronting nuclear proliferation. …More

April 8, 2010 | Obama's Nuclear Policy a Good First Step

President Obama is “taking important steps to make the world safer and bolster this [America’s] country’s credibility as it tries to constrain the nuclear ambitions of Iran, North Korea and others.” ++ Though the new policy prohibits …More

January 25, 2010 | Watching the Clock

Frank O'Donnell: On January 14, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists repositioned its ‘Doomsday Clock’ by only one minute, from five to six minutes to midnight. This incremental adjustment symbolizes the global uncertainty regarding the future of the nonproliferation regime. …More

January 22, 2010 | Accepting American Hegemony

Jerome Grossman: A world without nuclear weapons would do much in terms of security, but more so, it would enhance and protect the superpower status of the United States. Giving up nuclear weapons and accepting US hegemony may be the price humanity must pay to avert the threat of total annihilation. …More

September 28, 2009 | Böll Conference Videos: The Middle East and the NPT - Keys to Zero!

Editorial Team: Two of the most important issues regarding nuclear disarmament were discussed at the second day of the conference: How to prevent a nuclear arms race in the middle east and how to adapte the Non-Proliferation Regime to new realities. The videos prove, that the questions instigated a hot debate amongst the experts. …More

September 15, 2009 | First Day of Böll Nonproliferation Conference: Recorded Videos This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: The Heinrich Böll conference brought a cast of leading scholars to the debate in Berlin last week. Credibility, feasibility and confidence building were all key words and vital to the agenda. In addition to presenting your Atlantic Memo we were there to cover the event and bring you the finest international arguments. …More

September 11, 2009 | Böll Conference Videos: Dual Use? Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Weapons

Editorial Team: Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Weapons: An Unavoidable Mesalliance? This was the core question the experts dealed with at the second panel (chaired by Barbara Unmüssig) of Heinrich Böll’s conference “A World Without Nuclear Weapons or Nnuclear Anarchy.” …More

September 11, 2009 | Böll Conference Videos: Saving the Non-Proliferation Regime

Editorial Team: On the morning of the second day ot the Heinrich Böll conference “A World Without Nuclear Weapons or Nuclear Anarchy?” the debate was on how to save the Non-Proliferation Regime. The speakers presented strategic proposals for the upcoming NPT Review Conference 2010. …More

September 7, 2009 | Exclusive Conference Live Stream This Article contains Flash-Video

Video Stream: has broadcasted live from the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s conference “A World Without Nuclear Weapons or Nuclear Anarchy?” Speakers from international politics, industry and civil society discussed the dangers posed by nuclear weapons in the 21st century’s world order. …More

September 3, 2009 | An End in Itself - Focus on First Steps!

Memo 19: A nuclear free world is an idealistic objective, but the aspiration towards it is an end in itself. The pursuit of Global Zero will discourage further nuclear proliferation. members recommend to focus on primary and intermediate steps towards nuclear abolition and not the ultimate goal of global zero.

September 1, 2009 | The Golden Age of Proliferation is Here to Stay

Greg Randolph Lawson: Nuclear proliferation is a growing phenomena that will not go away. Current discussion on addressing this threat through disarmament, even if viewed in the long-term, is futile. It is time to view the problem realistically and come up with new deterrence postures. …More

September 1, 2009 | Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence Doctrine

Lyle Brecht: For more than fifty years the US has engaged a Deterrence Doctrine based on the strategic game of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) developed in the early 1950’s. It is apparent that this game strategy is unwinnable. Only a failure of leadership and lack of vision propels us to continue. …More

August 25, 2009 | Zero Nuclear Weapons: a Feasible Goal?

Robert G. Gard: Global Zero is dependent on compliance, which in turn relies on mutual trust between states in the international system that weapons will not be concealed. This appears remote and subsequently so too does the feasibility of such a goal as complete nuclear disarmament. …More

August 25, 2009 | Nuclear Disarmament: Safeguard or Threat?

Dieter M Dettke: Germany must take on more responsibility to shape a global system without nuclear weapons as it is in Berlin’s national interest to do so. Beginning with European & US disarmament the West can gain the moral authority it still needs to enforce the NPT regime. …More

August 24, 2009 | Atoms for Peace: The Wrong Way to Zero

Henry David Sokolski: Further proliferation of supposedly “peaceful” nuclear energy sources undermines the goal of Global Zero. We should replace the NPT concept of sharing technology in favor of limiting supplies, especially in trouble prone areas like the Middle East. …More

August 24, 2009 | Slow Steps! Not All at Once!

Leon V. Sigal: The world needs to focus on first steps toward abolition, not the ultimate goal. Most importantly, before moving to Zero, the West has to achieve major efforts in its relations with North Korea and Iran. …More

August 21, 2009 | Regional Disputes Do Not Rule Out Disarmament

J. Shire and W. Wilson: Contrary to the assumption, the settlement of regional disputes does not have to be a precondition for nuclear disarmament. The deterrent serves to make regions torn by conflict no safer but instead accentuate fear and cause stalemate. …More

August 21, 2009 | Eliminating Nuclear Weapons: Yes, We Can!

Barry M. Blechman: The reduction of nuclear weapons is an unclear goal but entirely possible if the right structural framework is set in place. All that’s needed is the courage and will of political leaders to take the first steps. Inaction is too risky a course to take. …More

August 20, 2009 | A Slow Countdown Towards Zero

L. Korb and M. Wilkins: Even though a nuclear-free world may never be achieved, the aspiration is an end in itself. The steps towards Global Zero will help discourage nuclear proliferation. Ultimately, the feasibility of nuclear abolition will depend on the logic of nuclear deterrence being perceived as obsolete. …More

August 20, 2009 | Cold War Lessons for Today's Nuclear Disarmament Debate

Charles D. Ferguson : Cold War lessons teach us that nuclear abolition is a crucial goal. To reach Global Zero, future policy must address bureaucratic inertia on nuclear targeting policy, linking conventional and nuclear arms control, and reducing the prestige of possessing nuclear weapons. …More

August 19, 2009 | Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Russian Foreign Policy

Claudine Lamond: The different role of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) in Russia and the United States will be a major challenge to their bilateral disarmament efforts. Whereas US TNWs are mainly political in nature, Russian tactical nuclear weapons are more fundamental to its military doctrine. …More

August 19, 2009 | Not Just Feasible, Imperative!

Paul M. Carroll: In today’s world, nuclear weapons have become a liability rather than an asset. These arms present risks in and of themselves and should not be retained by anyone. Thus, efforts to reduce and then eliminate nuclear weapons are not only feasible, but imperative. …More

August 19, 2009 | Precondition for Abolition: Five Factors for Consensus Building

Hall Gardner: There are five points political leaders must be convinced of if a consensus is to emerge on disarmament. Global proliferation destabilizes the political economy of whole regions and nuclear warfare is undeniably genetically genocidal. This is not to mention that empirical proof shows that nuclear weapons pose little deterrent to engaging in conventional warfare. …More

August 18, 2009 | Controlling Loose Nukes

Kenneth N. Luongo: A prerequisite for the abolition of nuclear weaponry is that international leaders must effectively and comprehensively address the evolving global nuclear dangers of the 21st century. Thus, they should launch a Nuclear Security Initiative, that would include a comprehensive suite of next-generation nuclear security policies and tools. …More

August 18, 2009 | The Road to Zero: Just Look Down

Tom Z. Collina: The three prerequisites to stable nuclear reduction must be pursued consistently by both Russia and the US. Only after we achieve real success can we begin to judge whether Global Zero is truly possible. Our map to disarmament makes the beginning clear but our choices will define the path. …More

August 17, 2009 | Focus on Intermediate Steps

Subrata Ghoshroy: Global Zero is not feasible unless the security concerns of all nations are addressed. A world free of nuclear weapons depends on conventional disarmament, deeper cuts in the US and Russian arsenals and a ban to further produce nuclear weapons.

August 17, 2009 | Nuclear Abolition: Now or Never?

Editorial Team: Nuclear disarmament is back on the agenda in the international debate. Atlantic Community members are encouraged to join the conversation as we host a special Theme Week on “Global Zero.” We will present the results from your discussion at the Böll Foundation’s conference “A World Without Nuclear Weapons or Nuclear Anarchy?” …More


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