Policy Memos

The Myths About Unilateral Nuclear Arms Reduction

Policy Memo:

196

Publication Date:

04-2001

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The idea that unilateral reduction of nuclear arms is preferable to the traditional but slower process of negotiated formal arms control treaties that dominated US Soviet/Russian relations for three decades is becoming increasingly popular. Closer scrutiny suggests that this idea is based on a number of false assumptions, and that unilateral reductions--albeit beneficial in principle--are fraught with hidden costs that might turn the whole endeavor on its head. [...]

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Senior Fellow
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies