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February 2018
Past Event
The New U.S. Nuclear Posture Review: Implications for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Security

The New U.S. Nuclear Posture Review: Implications for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Security

Past Event
Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
February 27, 2018
Sec. of Defense Mattis Testifies on 'The National Defense Strategy and the Nuclear Posture Review,' February 6, 2018 (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Sec. of Defense Mattis Testifies on 'The National Defense Strategy and the Nuclear Posture Review,' February 6, 2018 (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
27
February 2018
Past Event

1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004

Speakers:
Rebeccah Heinrichs

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins

Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, and President, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security

Simon Limage

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Nonproliferation Programs, U.S. State Department.

Richard Weitz

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Political-Military Analysis

The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) insists that “the United States is not turning away from its long-held arms control, non-proliferation, and nuclear security objectives,” even though “we must recognize that the current environment makes further progress toward nuclear arms reductions in the near term extremely challenging.” The NPR further supports “a wide range of activities that comprise a defense-in-depth” against nuclear terrorism, including measures to secure WMD materials, enhance international cooperation, deter state support for terrorism, and strengthen national defenses, preparedness, and resilience.

Some experts believe the Review’s emphasis on having strong U.S. strategic offensive and defensive capabilities will discourage U.S. adversaries from investing in nuclear forces, reassure allies that they do not need their own nuclear deterrents, and impede WMD use by state proxies. Others worry that the NPR’s approach will lead to more nuclear weapons states, alienate the global disarmament community, and increase the volume of dangerous nuclear material.

On February 27, Hudson Institute hosted a panel discussing how best to realize the NPR’s goals of preventing nuclear proliferation and terrorism. Participants were: Hudson Senior Fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs; Amb. Bonnie Jenkins of The Brookings Institution; and Simon Limage, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation Programs. The panel was moderated by Hudson Senior Fellow Richard Weitz.

Hudson Institute would like to thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for supporting our nuclear nonproliferation and security dialogues. Please follow our MacArthur Foundation work here

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