The Origins of Nunn-Lugar and Cooperative Threat Reduction (Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Case Study 3, April 2010)
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
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As the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, deteriorating political and socioeconomic conditions gave rise to concerns over the future security of the Soviet nuclear arsenal. Anticipating the possibility of loosely controlled nuclear weapons inside the former Soviet Union, key leaders in Congress and experts in the policy and academic communities began to assess the nature of this threat and to consider approaches to reducing the danger it posed to U.S. and global security. Out of these investigations emerged the initial Nunn-Lugar legislation and the broader Cooperative Threat Reduction program an unprecedented effort to reduce nuclear dangers by securing or eliminating Russian weapons systems and related materials and capabilities using aid from the U.S. Government. How did Nunn-Lugar come to be Who were the key leaders, facilitators, and practitioners who recognized the need and opportunity at a pivotal moment in history to pioneer a program of cooperative security between two former adversaries What key insights and lessons can be drawn from the origins of Nunn-Lugar To answer these questions, this case study recounts initial attempts to aid the former Soviet Union, describes the events leading to the passage of the Nunn-Lugar legislation, and reviews early efforts by the Senators to facilitate implementation of the program.
- Government and Political Science
- Nuclear Weapons