Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nuclear Arms Treaty Gives Boost to Nuclear Reduction Efforts

The news last week of the agreement on a nuclear arms reduction treaty between the U.S. and Russia might have been overshadowed by continuing heat from the health-care reform effort, but it deserves to have its moment in the sun.

There continue to be bipartisan efforts in the United States to push for further -- and even total -- nuclear disarmament.

By way of background, in the video above of a Commonwealth Club event a couple years ago, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Defense William Perry make the case for working toward a nuclear-free world.

Here are some reports on the new treaty and its possible impact on the world stage:

Politics Daily: U.S.-Russian Nuclear Treaty not on Public's Radar
The Korea Times: U.S.-Russia Nuclear Deal Could Curb Proliferation by North Korea, Iran
Reuters: Q&A: Why is a U.S.-Russia Nuclear Deal Important?
Washington Post (might require free registration): U.S. Hopes Nuclear Arms Pact to Be Ratified This Year
The Guardian: The Case for Western Missile Defense

Below is a Commonwealth Club video, in which Rep. Ellen Tauscher Talks Nuclear Non-Proliferation:


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