Paul F. Walker

Articles by Paul F. Walker

13 September 2013
Middle East

How to destroy chemical weapons

Paul F. Walker

Here are the three main methods that would likely be used to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, if the Assad regime follows through on its announced desire to join the Chemical Weapons Convention.

15 December 2011

The legacy of Reykjavik and the future of nuclear disarmament

Paul F. WalkerJonathan R. Hunt

After two exhausting days of debate, negotiation, and concession in Reykjavik, Iceland, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev had come to a dead end. An improbable agreement for nuclear disarmament was in jeopardy because the delegations quibbled over one word: "laboratory." Could the United States test its Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) -- an embryonic antiballistic missile system known as "Star Wars" -- in space, or should research and development stay grounded?

1 November 2011
Twenty-five years ago in Reykjavik, Iceland, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev walked to the threshold of a nuclear-free world—and then turned back. Reykjavik has since become synonymous with the unforeseen and anticlimactic in nuclear diplomacy.
4 August 2011

Remembering a humble giant of biological and chemical weapons control

Paul F. Walker

Jonathan Tucker, one of the world's most eminent experts in chemical and biological weapons, arms control and disarmament, and nonproliferation, died recently at his home in Washington, DC. He was 56 years old.

27 April 2009

Getting chemical weapons destruction back on track

Jonathan B. TuckerPaul F. Walker

One of the many arms-control challenges facing the Obama administration is to revitalize the sagging effort to destroy the vast U.S. stockpile of chemical weapons left over from the Cold War. A new U.S. Army report, to be released in May along with the Pentagon's 2010 budget request, will likely conclude that without additional funding, the elimination of these obsolete and dangerous weapons could drag on for another 15 years.