And where has all that potential destruction gone? Fully 10% of electric power in the United States over the last two decades came from down-blended, highly enriched uranium earmarked for Russian megaton nuclear bombs. Over 20,000 warheads (and their associated risk of accidental launches) were removed from service all thanks the spirit of the NPT. The spirit of bilateral cooperation remains strong; despite the tensions in Ukraine, both the United States andthe Russian Federation are fully implementing the terms of the New START treaty, wherein each shares dataon the movement of strategic forces andboth engage in reciprocal inspections of military facilities. The NPT isnot just about non-proliferation; it is a shift in mindset that nuclear technology will be sharedwith those who want it forpeaceful purposesin return for de-arming those who have militarized it. It has been a resounding victory forthe idea of internationalism and the fundamental idea that a community of nations can come together and, through mutually-reinforcing andverifying behavior, make strategic choicesthat defy the self-serving nature of states in an anarchic system. Moreover, it has been the bedrockof a norm that spawned arange of bi- and multilateral measures to protectthe world againstthe terrible risk of nuclear conflict. Collective continued nuclear demilitarizationis a win for the diplomats of the world. Progress on the biggest issues comes insmall breaks, such as the Israeli decision to if not pull a seat up to the table, at least pay close attention on the sidelines. Through extraordinary burdensof verification and disclosure, the NPT will continue to make the world a safer place.
NavyDA turns Navy—The US can work with its allies to promote US interests in the region and quell a Chinese Naval rise—if the U.S. has no allies in the region, then China can do whatever it wants and sink American Tankers
North KoreaA strong alliance is necessary to dampen an inevitable North Korean collapse or warSchoff 2015- Senior Associate Asia Program @ Carnegie James L, Strengthening US Alliances in Northeast Asia, Jul 16, carnegieendowment.org/2015/07/16/strengthening-u.s.-alliances-in-northeast-asia/idhrKorea-Japan Relations U.S. policy makers should recognize that the historical perceptions gap between Japan and South Korea regarding Japan’s colonial era is wide and largely unbridgeable in the near (and possibly medium) term. Political and diplomatic agreements to “paper over” this gap in the 1990s sustained gradual progress in bilateral relations since then, albeit in ebbs and flows, but both sides poked enough holes in this weak fabric by 2014 to set ties back by a couple of decades. The good news is that leaders in Tokyo and Seoul are making honest efforts to repair the damage, but this is always harder to do the second time around, and there are groups in both countries that are motivated and mobilized to resist compromise. Current efforts seek to two tracks of dialogue
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