Russia and the United States hope to start off 2010 with a bang of a different kind—the bang of destroyed and dismantled nuclear weapons, as the two countries approach agreement on a arms control treaty that would dramatically reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons. However, if President Obama is to be believed, the ultimate goal of arms control policy is eliminate all nuclear weapons, American and otherwise, in the world. This dream scenario has been floated for almost as long as nuclear bombs have been in existence, but is it a realistic goal and how can paranoid countries be convinced to give up tens of thousands of nuclear warheads?
Graham Allison, professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs.
Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association