Can the nuclear nonproliferation regime be saved when arms control is collapsing?

By John Mecklin | March 9, 2020

The United States’ withdrawal from the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, its backing away from the Iran nuclear deal, and the impending lapse of New START – the treaty that limits US and Russian deployed strategic nuclear weapons – would indeed be worrisome enough, even considered in isolation from one another. Taken together, this broad erosion of the world’s infrastructure for controlling nuclear weapons arsenals was a major factor in the Bulletin’s decision to move the hands of its Doomsday Clock to 100 seconds from midnight – closer to the apocalypse than they have ever been.

In this issue, we focus on another endangered pillar of the world’s nuclear threat-management regime: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT. Free-access until May 1, 2020.

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows, nuclear threats are real, present, and dangerous

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