Under the Umbrella

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					                                                                       THEWORLDTODAY.ORG MARCH 2010
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EXTENDED NUCLEAR DETERRENCE
Michael Ruhle, DEPUTY HEAD, POLICY PLANNING UNIT, NATO. THESE ARE HIS PERSONAL VIEWS




Under
the Umbrella                                             In his now famous Prague speech
                                                         last April, United States President
                                                         Barack Obama endorsed the vision
                                                         of a world without nuclear weapons.
                                                         He sent a strong political signal: if
                                                         repairing the fragile nuclear
                                                         nonproliferation arrangements
                                                         required a credible disarmament
                                                         commitment by the nuclear
                                                         weapons states, America was willing
                                                         to lead by example. But setting that
                                                         example could become much more
                                                         complex if a whole host of new
                                                         nuclear states is to be avoided. The
                                                         American nuclear umbrella is still
                                                         needed to shelter many nations,
                                                         preventing them from pursuing
                                                         their own nuclear paths.




                                                        t              HE   APPROACH   OF   THE   UNITED
                                                                      administration is clear. A strong
                                                                      commitment to arms control and
                                                                      nonproliferation, including hosting a
                                                                      summit meeting on nuclear security in

                                                        successful Review Conference of the Nuclear


                                                                the nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states
                                                                   about     adopting     more
                                                                                                           STATES




                                                                      April, should prepare the ground for a

                                                          Nonproliferation Treaty, scheduled for May. Such a
                                                             success would help foster a new consensus between

                                                                                                   far-reaching
                                                                      nonproliferation measures.


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            However, maintaining effective global nonproliferation              have announced the launch of civilian nuclear programmes.
         requires more than a new dynamic in arms control and                       Many experts believe that t
				
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Description: NUCLEAR ESCALATION RISKS The situation in the Middle East and the Gulf is far less encouraging. Since the uncovering of Iran's illicit nuclear activities in 2002, more than a dozen countries in the region have announced the launch of civilian nuclear programmes. [...] the desire of these countries to host American military installations on their national soil, and the nervousness they display about a prospective withdrawal of the remaining US nuclear weapons from Europe, demonstrate that what Josef Joffe has called 'Europe's American Pacifier', is still in demand.
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