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A Genuine New Start?: Obama Is No Reagan on Nuclear Disarmament | Spiegel Online

by Amanda Kempa. Kempa holds a PhD in modern history from Oxford University. She is a former fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and is currently a research scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev after signing the "New START" treaty in Prauge}} |Source=http://news.kremlin.ru/media/events/photos/big/41d2ef71cc8d7afae6e8.jpeg

President Obama’s arms control policy is rooted in the outdated doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction, as can be seen in the logic underpinning the New START treaty. Until he articulates a new vision of arms control for a multipolar world, Obama’s goal of nuclear abolition will not be realized.

A recent appeal in the Washington Post by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to the US Senate to ratify the New START treaty began by quoting former President Ronald Reagan’s well-known aphorism “trust but verify.”

via A Genuine New Start?: Obama Is No Reagan on Nuclear Disarmament – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International.

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