Accession Number:

ADA533892

Title:

A P-5 Nuclear Dialogue: Concept, Building Blocks, and Implementation

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY FORT BELVOIR VA ADVANCED SYSTEMS AND CONCEPTS OFFICE

Report Date:

2009-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

In April, 2009, President Barack Obama affirmed Americas intention to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons and stated his intention to organize a Global Summit on Nuclear Security within the coming year. Less than a month earlier, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the five nuclear-weapon states recognized by the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty NPT, or the so-called P-5 countries, to play a leadership role in implementing the NPTs Article VI obligation to achieve nuclear disarmament. Prime Minister Browns statement was preceded by other UK initiatives, including a proposal that the P-5 jointly explore the technical issues related to the abolition of nuclear weapons. Still earlier, in March, 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for the P-5 to agree on nuclear transparency measures. All of these statements take place against the backdrop of ongoing discussions among the P-5 on preparations for the 2010 NPT Review Conference as well as unprecedented global attention to the goal of nuclear abolition. The current moment in international affairs is characterized by a high degree of both nuclear anxiety and nuclear hope, particularly but not exclusively among the worlds many non-nuclear countries. Nuclear anxiety reflects concern about the spread of nuclear capability to states and nonstate actors, uncertainties including among the P-5 about the policies and postures of todays nuclear powers, questions on the part of the non-nuclear states about the commitment of the nuclear states to the NPTs Article VI goal, and concern among a few U.S. allies that renewed emphasis on disarmament could weaken extended deterrence.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE