The latest US government nuclear review shows that Obama's nuclear policy - rhetoric aside - is no different to previous administrations, seeking to retain nuclear weapons for the indefinite future and accepting scant constraint on how these weapons might be used.
Although Obama's promises on nuclear disarmament should not be exaggerated, the announced shift in the US nuclear policy offers a glimmer of hope. Outlining the key treaties regulating the spread and testing of nuclear weapons, Achin Vanaik explores the prospects the new US presidency offers to the goal of disarmament and suggests strategies for civic action to further the cause.
The discourse of concern about nuclear non-proliferation by the biggest and most obscene of all nuclear culprits – the US – serves admirably as one line of attack on countries like Iran and as a disguise for the US’s deeper and wider motives in West and East Asia.
It is time for a closer look at the self-serving claim by nuclear weapons states that one of the greatest dangers is that of nuclear weapons being built or falling into the hands of ‘terrorist groups’.
Primer Minister Singh never had, and still lacks, a democratic mandate to complete the
US-Indian nuclear deal, which will cause a radical shift in India’s nuclear, strategic
and foreign policy postures.