Shultz, Perry, Nunn Call For U.S.-Russia Re-engagement to Reduce Nuclear Risks

NTI Co-Chair Sam Nunn, with former Secretary of Defense and NTI Emeritus Board Member William J. Perry and former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal urging the U.S. to reengage with Russia and prevent a military miscalculation that could lead to the use of a nuclear weapon for the first time in nearly 74 years. The authors write that growing tensions between the two states, the loss of international arms control agreements, an increased risks of cyberattacks that could target nuclear warning and command-and-control systems, and the expansion of global terrorist networks increase the likelihood of an attack by miscalculation or mistake—and deterrence is not enough to protect against catastrophe. They make several recommendations, including a joint declaration by Presidents Trump and Vladimir Putin emphasizing that “a nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought,” and the creation of a broad framework for strategic stability.

 

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April 11, 2019
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NTI Co-Chair Sam Nunn, with former Secretary of Defense and NTI Emeritus Board Member William J. Perry and former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal urging the U.S. to reengage with Russia and prevent a military miscalculation that could lead to the use of a nuclear weapon for the first time in nearly 74 years. The article was published on April 11, 2019.