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“NUCLEAR SPRING” OF PRAGUE: A UTOPIA?
“NUCLEAR SPRING” OF PRAGUE: A UTOPIA?

Author(s): Iulia Moise
Subject(s): Environmental and Energy policy, Security and defense, Military policy, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Carol I National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: nuclear weapons; non-proliferation; Nuclear Posture Review; Prague Speech; Obama Administration; START Treaty;

Summary/Abstract: It's nearly three years since President Barack Obama delivered his Prague speech (5 April 2009), generating an extraordinary international reaction. In this important speech, the President made specific commitments to achieve the goals of this agenda. This paper analyzes Obama Administration’s vision on a “nuclear-free world”. Indeed, since Obama’s April 5, 2009 speech, significant progress has been made, but there is much more that can and must be done to reduce global nuclear weapons threats. There have been significant victories: New START entered into force; in April 2010, the Administration completed a new Nuclear Posture Review that narrows the role of US nuclear weapons in the overall US defence posture “by declaring that the fundamental role of US nuclear forces is to deter nuclear attacks against the US and our allies and partners”, UN Security Council Resolution 1887. But there is still work to do (achievement of a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty, ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty).

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 107-113
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English