Regional Leadership Networks Discuss No-First-Use

In August, the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network (APLN) released a statement encouraging the United States to adopt a nuclear No First Use policy and calling on its Pacific allies to support it. The statement was signed by more than 40 APLN members, including leaders and experts from U.S. allies Australia, Japan and South Korea and nuclear weapons possessing states China, India, and Pakistan.

Adding to the discussion, the European Leadership Network (ELN) commissioned two commentaries in September on no-first-use, examining the arguments both for and against the policy.

In their piece opposing a No First Use policy, Franklin C. Miller, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, and Keith B. Payne, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, argue that the policy would create uncertainty among U.S. allies and threaten the credibility of deterrence strategy.

In contrast, Carlo Trezza, former Chairman of the multilateral Missile Technology Control Regime, argues that adopting a no-first-use policy would diffuse growing international tensions and reduce the risk of nuclear war.

Read APLN’s statement here.

Read the commentary for the ELN by Franklin C. Miller and Keith B. Payne here, and the commentary by Carlo Trezza here.

Click here to learn more about the regional leadership networks.

September 7, 2016

Members of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network (APLN) and the European Leadership Network (ELN) weigh the merits of adopting a nuclear No First Use policy.