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Under American leadership, the arms control pendulum has swung back in the direction of abolishing nuclear weapons, after a period in which such a sweeping aspiration has been outside the mainstream of political thought.
This is the perspective of James Acton, an associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who specializes in non-proliferation and disarmament. Acton talked about those two closely related goals, as their technical and political aspects have increasingly intertwined in the post cold war era. He spoke on “The Politics of Proliferation Resistance,” Wednesday on the campus of Los Alamos National Laboratory to an audience of non-proliferation and threat reduction specialists.