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Before moving to "no first use," think about Northeast Asia

July 20, 2016, Jonathan D. Pollack and Richard C. Bush III

As President Obama approaches his final six months in office, senior officials are purportedly deliberating additional policy changes that they believe could be undertaken without congressional approval, including U.S. enunciation of a nuclear “no first use” doctrine. That would bear directly on the credibility of U.S. guarantees to allies in Europe and Asia, with particular relevance in Northeast Asia.