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Updated: Sep 10, 2013

Escape from Nuclear Deterrence: Lessons for Global Zero from the Strategic Defense Initiative

On September 24, 2013, the Nonproliferation Review held a briefing with NPR authors Dallas Boyd and James Scouras.


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Since the post-World War II genesis of nuclear deterrence, two presidential initiatives have been presented to deliver humanity from the threat of its failure. The first was the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), a constellation of space- and ground-based systems that President Ronald Reagan envisioned would render nuclear weapons "impotent and obsolete." The second is President Barack Obama's roadmap to "a world without nuclear weapons," commonly referred to as Global Zero. While these proposals appear to have little in common, deeper investigation reveals a number of provocative similarities in motivation and presentation. Moreover, both generated fierce debate, often with ideological overtones, about their strategic desirability and technical feasibility. We use these parallels, as well as prominent dissimilarities, to draw lessons from the SDI experience that can be applied to the debate over Global Zero.

Event Details

Tuesday September 24, 2013
2:30pm - 4:00pm

Center for Nonproliferation Studies
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1225, Washington, D.C. 20005

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