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Nuclear Policy Review

Host: Ivo Daalder is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. Ivo Daalder, in your view, is Vice President Dick Cheney correct on this point that this clamor about the nuclear policy review is really much ado about nothing?

Ivo Daalder: No, I don’t think it’s much ado about nothing. There clearly is a shift underway in the way in which the United States thinks about nuclear weapons. The use for weapons that we deployed over the past 50 years, in order to deter a war, particularly a nuclear war with the Soviet Union and possibly with a country like China. We now seem to be thinking about nuclear weapons as weapons of warfare to deal with new threats—not just Russia and China—but also five other countries.

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