The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Though nuclear stockpiles have shrunk over the years, the largest nuclear powers exhibit limited interest in eliminating their arsenals entirely. Would warheads disappear faster if everyone accepted that minimum deterrence—not "zero"—is disarmament's destination?
The author argues that US refusal to accept mutual nuclear vulnerability with China is an element is US refusal to accept limits on missile defense; the ultimate result is that China is likely to expand its nuclear arsenal.
The United States says its missile defense system is targeted only at countries such as Iran and North Korea. Russia and China suspect otherwise. Their distrust might dissipate if missile defenses were subject to arms control.