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The Biden administration’s official strategy on nuclear arms control: Just first steps, or the whole story?


So far, the US administration of Joe Biden has mainly formulated goals when it comes to nuclear arms control. Now, the US government has laid out how it plans to contain the growing risks of nuclear conflict and an arms race with Russia and China. In a much-anticipated speech, Biden’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, offered arms control talks “without preconditions”. America’s nuclear modernisation and conventional weapons would bring Moscow and Beijing to the negotiating table, Sullivan said.
These plans raise too many questions for them to be considered a definitive strategy. But if they are merely the cornerstone of a broader approach to gradually increase pressure on Moscow and Beijing, it would make perfect sense for Washington to reaffirm its willingness to talk now.
Competitive arms control becomes official policy
The US arms control policy under Biden follows a competitive logic: Deterrence and arms control are seen as two sides of the same coin. Gone are the days when maintaining one’s own nuclear arsenal was perceived merely as a necessary temporary evil, until more auspicious times allowed for …read more

Source:: German Institute for International and Security Affairs

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