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Apr 06

Questioning Obama's Nuclear Agenda: The Conservative Counter Summit

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The Obama Administration is moving rapidly in the realm of nuclear weapons and arms control. The follow-on treaty to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) will be signed by the U.S. and Russia on April 8. On April 12-13, the President will host a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC. In the coming weeks the U.S. will also announce the results of its Nuclear Posture Review, which will determine what the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. security strategy should be. Finally, the next Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will be held May 3-28 in New York.


Together, these treaties and meetings will go far towards shaping the future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, its missile defense program, and the strength, security, and defense of its interests and alliance relationships around the world. The President has advanced a vision of a world without nuclear weapons, and has sold that vision, in part, as a way of pressuring rogue regimes. But his pursuit of this vision poses serious risks. The proposed START follow-on treaty, and other arms controls measures are likely to lead to more nuclear proliferation and to increase the chances of nuclear conflict without moving dangerous American adversaries in Iran and North Korea any closer to disarmament. Taken together, these policies move the U.S. towards unilateral disarmament and towards accepting unverifiable treaty commitments, while reducing its ability to protect and defend itself and its allies with modern, secure nuclear forces, a robust system of missile defense, and a conventional global strike capability.

Please join The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Defense Studies as distinguished experts in two panels comment on these policies and the alternatives the U.S. should pursue. A second event in this series, focusing on prospects for ratification in the Senate and on the Nuclear Posture Review, will be held at AEI shortly after Congress reconvenes.

More About the Speakers

PANEL 1 – How Obama’s Nuclear Diplomacy Will Affect America’s Allies and Enemies

Bruce Klingner
Senior Research Fellow,
Northeast Asia,
The Heritage Foundation

Lisa Curtis
Senior Research Fellow,
Asian Studies Center,
The Heritage Foundation

Ambassador Kurt Volker
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO

Moderator:
Walter Lohman
Director,
Asian Studies Center,
The Heritage Foundation

PANEL 2 – THE START FOLLOW-ON TREATY: THE WRONG APPROACH TO ARMS CONTROL?

Thomas Donnelly
Director,
Center for Defense Studies,
American Enterprise Institute

Tom Scheber
Vice President,
National Institute for Public Policy

Stephen Rademaker
Senior Counsel,
BGR Government Affairs,
and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Arms Control

Moderator:
Baker Spring
F.M. Kirby Research Fellow in National Security Policy,
The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations Read More