Patt Morrison for April 7, 2010

It’s a START: Obama’s quest to rid the world of nuclear weapons begins in Prague

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Spain Hall of the Prague Castle during the preparation ahead of a meeting, scheduled on April 8, 2010 in Prague, with US President Barack Obama and leaders of several former Soviet-bloc countries to sign a nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia.

Tuesday kicked off a week of nuclear policy shifts that the Obama Administration hopes will mark a dramatic change in how the United States and the rest of the world manages, and eventually disposes of its nuclear weapons stockpiles. First in line was the Nuclear Posture Review, which sets American military policy in regards to the potential use of its nuclear weapons, and called for sweeping new constraints in when those weapons could be used. Next up is Thursday when President Obama meets his Russian counterpart in Prague to sign the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that will eliminate thousands of nuclear bombs from the combined armories of Russia and the U.S. But there are bigger goals in mind, including airy talk of eventually ridding the world of nukes. Is such a vision possible?

Guests:

David Albright, physicist & president of the Institute for Science & International Security

Linton Brooks, distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University; former administrator of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration


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