2 November 2017

Through a fractured looking-glass: Trump’s nuclear decisions so far

Sharon Squassoni

Sharon Squassoni, a member of the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board, has directed the Proliferation Prevention Program at the...


The Trump administration has no shortage of new approaches to old problems, but the impatience exhibited by the US commander-in-chief appears to make it difficult for the administration as a whole to follow through on policies that do not yield immediate results. The Trump administration’s ability to think through the longer-range implications of broad policy choices it makes now about the US nuclear arsenal, arms control, and efforts to deter nuclear proliferation will affect world strategic stability far into the future. In all these issue areas, the Trump administration is hampered by a deficit of expertise, of patience in the White House, and of deference for the normal workings of government.