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The Obama Administration’s vision of a nuclear free world neglects the fundamental wisdom of President Reagan’s policy of peace through strength. Instead of recognizing that other states pursue nuclear weapons for regional and domestic reasons of their own, and that U.S. strength both reassures allies and deters adversaries, it is based on the belief that the U.S. can secure the disarmament of rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea by disarming itself. This is a misguided belief that, by weakening the U.S., will only encourage proliferation.
The Administration’s approach is inflicting a double public diplomacy defeat on the United States. It has abandoned Reagan’s emphasis on the importance of U.S. strength, and failed to draw attention to the U.S.’s substantial disarmament since the end of the Cold War and its responsible stewardship of its nuclear arsenal. Instead, the Administration argues that the U.S. must lead the way down the “road to zero.” This has given Iran, North Korea, and the world’s anti-nuclear activists the opportunity to argue that the U.S. – not the world’s rogue regimes – is responsible for the challenges posed by nuclear proliferation to international peace and security. Join us as our panel in discussing these ramifications of the Administration’s nuclear vision.
More About the Speakers
Michael Rubin, Ph.D.
American Enterprise Institute
Dan Goure, Ph.D.
Kim Holmes, Ph.D.
Foreign and Defense Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation
Helle C. Dale
Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy