The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weaopns
edited by David Krieger
The new U.S. doctrine of pre-emptive warfare and its implications for nuclear deterrence and disarmament
Chapter by Dr. Erika Simpson
University of Western Ontario
©Transaction Publishers (July 31, 2009)
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In the more than sixty years since the advent of nuclear weapons, there has been little meaningful progress toward nuclear disarmament. Some countries have nuclear weapons, while other states are forbidden to acquire them, a status quo that lacks rational basis and cannot be sustained. In this remarkable collection, scholars and policy analysts argue that humankind has a choice: either allow nuclear weapons to continue to proliferate throughout the world or move toward their complete elimination. The vast majority of people on the planet would surely opt to abolish nuclear weapons. But decisions about nuclear weapons are not made by the public, but by small groups of political elites. David Krieger is a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Chapter Nine - The new U.S. doctrine of pre-emptive warfare and its implications for nuclear deterrence and disarmament, by Dr. Erika Simpson
The U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), leaked to the media in early 2002, allowed for the use of nuclear weapons in three scenarios...in the same year, the Bush administration declared in its National Security Strategy (NSS): "Given the goals of rogue states and terrorists, the United States can no longer solely rely on a reactive posture as we have in the past... To forestall or prevent such hostile acts the U.S. will, if necessary, act preemptively."
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