In the past, peace settlements and new international arrangements have been reactive, following destructive wars. Arms control, by contrast, has become a proactive venture – taking measures to prevent nuclear war before it breaks out. The New START treaty is the latest of those proactive initiatives. In this presentation, Brookings president Strobe Talbott cites history’s greatest battles to illustrate the need for the U.S.-Russia strategic arms treaty and the steps that world leaders have taken to make the accord possible.
The specific language North Korea is using to describe denuclearization is an old phrase, and anybody who has dealt with Pyongyang understands what it means. Kim [Jong Un] has no intention of giving up the nuclear weapons his regime has struggled and sacrificed so much to build. Kim Jong Un has conducted more nuclear tests than his father and is more determined than his father or his grandfather to make nuclear weapons a pillar of the regime's survival strategy.