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Nuclear Posture Review linkage


Sam Roggeveen


7 April 2010 14:52

As Rory said in his post, the full document is available here. Some early reax:

  • Henry Sokolski from the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center thinks it's no big deal: 'This new, “dramatic” nuclear-policy change hardly changes anything.'
  • Former New York Mayor Rudy Guliani says 'A nuclear-free world has been a 60-year dream of the Left'. Giuliani is presumably referring to that noted pinko, Ronald Reagan.
  • Joe Cirincione from the Ploughshares Fund says the NPR is a 'vast improvement' over the Bush Administration's version.
  • Dan Drezner thinks the NPR tells us some good and some not-so-good things about the way foreign policy is made in the Obama White House.
  • Arms Control Wonk explains why the NPR doesn't quite get to 'No First Use'. It's because of the Russians: 'if we pledge never to go first against the Russians, it gets difficult to explain why our deployed strategic arsenal is the size that it is.'
  • The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has a statement and further analysis on its blog.
  • The Foreign Policy Association's East Asia blog has some Asia-centric points to make.
  • The Center for Defense Studies says the NPR is 'a further step down the road to the diminution of American military power.'
  • Some argue that the NPR will merely encourage Iran to go nuclear. Fred Kaplan makes the opposite argument.

These links are all from US think tanks and publications. In coming days, I will be on the look-out particularly for Chinese, Japanese and Korean views.

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