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Proponents of the New START arms control agreement insist that speedy U.S. Senate ratification is critical to enable the Obama Administration to reach additional, favorable bilateral and international nuclear control agreements. New START’s critics, though, argue that the Senate should proceed cautiously lest worrisome precedents in the proposed treaty be amplified in subsequent arms control understandings. This debate is intensifying. Yet, it begs the question of what new, specific follow-on agreements the Administration is likely to reach and when, if ever, these are likely to come into force. Does the Obama Administration have a clear idea of what these agreements will look like? How likely are any of these understandings to be reached soon, if at all? What clarifications or guidance, if any, should the Senate seek or supply regarding these follow-on agreements? Are there more pressing nuclear and strategic arms control actions or understandings that the United States might take or reach without ratifying the New START agreement or other formal treaties? What bearing, if any, might the answers to these questions have on the need to ratify the New START agreement as the Administration desires before the August Recess? Join us as Henry D. Sokolski shares his findings from his just completed Council on Foreign Relations Working Paper, Controlling the Further Spread of Nuclear Weapons, which offers a critique of our current arms control strategy. Steven Groves will comment on this analysis as well as share insights into the Senate treaty ratification process.
More About the Speakers
Henry D. Sokolski
Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center
Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow,
Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation
F.M. Kirby Research Fellow in National Security Policy