Nuclear Tradeoffs: Conflicts between U.S. National Security Strategy and Global Nonproliferation Efforts

  • Jeffrey W. Knopf
Part of the Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies book series (ISSIP)


The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and the larger trends in U.S. national security policy of which the NPR is a part are in significant ways incompatible with existing international nonproliferation arrangements—arrangements that are commonly called the “nonproliferation regime.” The net effect of U.S. national security policies on nuclear nonproliferation is likely to be negative; in other words, the NPR could actually increase the likelihood of nuclear proliferation. There are several policy measures that could mitigate the potential damage the NPR might inflict on global nonproliferation efforts, but these measures are likely to have only a modest effect. The tradeoff between the NPR and traditional nonproliferation approaches cannot be entirely eliminated.


International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Weapon Ballistic Missile Nuclear Proliferation Nuclear Disarmament 
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