Barack Obama is reportedly considering a no-first-use policy for the US nuclear arsenal. Proponents of the shift say it would de-escalate potential nuclear crises, set a positive example for other nuclear-armed nations, and represent a meaningful step toward disarmament. Opponents say no-first-use would dilute the power of nuclear deterrence (thereby inviting belligerence) and unsettle US allies (encouraging nuclear proliferation). On balance, how would a US nuclear no-first-use policy affect security in East and Southeast Asia—and would the benefits of such a policy shift outweigh any potential harm?
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