Memorandum to President-elect Obama: A New Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Agenda
Publication Date: June 2008
Publisher(s): Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Author(s): Jeff Lindemyer
Special Collection: Presidential Advisory
Keywords: Presidential transition; Nonproliferation; Ratification; Bipartisan
Coverage: United States
Little effort was made to extend or pursue a follow-on agreement to the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which will soon leave only the otherwise toothless Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT). No progress was made towards ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), despite its recent proven success in detecting North Korea's low yield blast. Moves towards creating a compliance Protocol for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention ground to a screeching halt; and moreover, we may have witnessed the opening salvo towards the weaponization of space.