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Apr 17: Obama’s new policy on nukes – long overdue or threat?
Apr 16th, 2010 by Sam

John Loretz: Nukes

Russia and nukes – is the new policy a security threat or do you feel safer than we’re talking with our former enemies?  Can we team up with Russia and China to counter other powers we worry about…Pakistan, Iran, North Korea?  What about India, South Africa, Israel?

Does a country need nuclear weapons to be taken seriously?  If so, why wouldn’t Iran want them?

John Loretz, Program Director, IPPNW, will join us to discuss all this and more.  From his recent post :

The long-awaited Nuclear Posture Review released yesterday by President Obama is the most important and thorough re-evaluation of US nuclear policy since the Cold War. While it is not a blueprint for rapid nuclear disarmament, it marks the first time the US has made the elimination of nuclear weapons a guiding principle, focusing more on reducing the dangers of nuclear weapons than on finding roles and rationales for them. This is a very welcome and long overdue course correction.

Like the New START agreement with Russia, the NPR begins to anticipate a world in which nuclear weapons no longer exist. Nevertheless, the pace for disarmament set by this review, which is intended to establish the framework for US nuclear policy for 10 years or more, is still too slow.

and here:

All of the nuclear weapon states are modernizing their forces, sending a contradictory and provocative message to the rest of the world. Russia uses modernization for political leverage; China is reportedly engaged in a significant upgrade of its heavily veiled arsenal; the UK is still stubbornly (I’ve heard the word “stupidly” used) pressing ahead with Trident replacement despite the compelling arguments against doing so; and France, which has always marched to the beat of its own drum, is adding new nuclear capabilities across the board. India and Pakistan, if not exactly in an arms race, are busily adding to their own nuclear capabilities.

And check out this new briefing paper on the global climate and health effects of nuclear war…  Zero Is The Only Option.

John Loretz
Program Director

John’s career working on behalf of peace, disarmament, and environment organizations spans more than two decades. As IPPNW’s Program Director he is responsible for shaping and coordinating the federation’s nuclear weapons abolition campaigns, providing issue analysis, policy guidance, and advocacy support to affiliate groups and activists. He has joined physician delegations in London, Paris, and Moscow as an adviser on nuclear weapons and disarmament, and has written and spoken extensively on the issues. He is the Executive Editor of IPPNW’s journal, Medicine & Global Survival, and helped edit the book Humanitarian Crises: The Medical and Public Health Response, published in 1999 by Harvard University Press. A graduate of Boston College with an MA from the University of Virginia, John was Communications Director for Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND) in the early 1980s and at IPPNW’s US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, in Washington, DC, from 1986-1990.

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