Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher has said, "This is a dark day for global efforts to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction." In 2010, the world will review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. As South Asia, Iran and North Korea further pursue nuclear development, how will a nation's capability be tied to responsibility?
Tauscher, as the chair of the Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee, has strengthened and expanded nonproliferation programs. She created the White House Office of the Coordinator on Nuclear Nonproliferation and a commission to study our nation's strategic nuclear posture.
In an increasingly nuclear-capable world, Tauscher explains what is next for the United States.
Gloria Duffy is President and CEO of The Commonwealth Club of California.
Gloria Duffy previously served as US Special Coordinator for Cooperative Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration. Her mission was to convince the countries of the former Soviet Union to give up their weapons of mass destruction, and to prevent the spread of their nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and material.
In years prior, she was the first Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund, a public charitable grant making foundation in San Francisco; Assistant Director of the Arms Control Association, a public interest group in Washington, DC; editor of Arms Control Today, and a resident consultant at the RAND Corporation.
A San Francisco native, Dr. Duffy holds M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University in New York, and an A.B. magna cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Gloria has also worked with the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, and been a member of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation since 1980.
Representative Ellen Tauscher is the Congresswoman for the 10th District of California.
Ellen O'Kane Tauscher is an American politician and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing California's 10th congressional district since 1997. The district includes a number of areas in the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as some areas near Sacramento.
On March 18, 2009, Tauscher announced that she had accepted the position of Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
with the issue of nuclear weapons it is a case of if you get rid of yours we'll get rid of ours. Problem is no state wants to be the first to get rid of them. As Bashful320 points out possession of nuclear weapons by one state generates a security dilemma, which has the potential to erupt into conflict.
I think if the US eliminates nuclear weapons then it is definitely a start, especially since is something that we set out to do a long time ago. However, I do think it is a difficult subject because as long as other countries have nuclear programs as Bob B mentions it will remain a dangerous world. If one country has nuclear weapons than another country will feel threatened unless they also have nuclear weapons. I am not sure how we would completely eliminate nuclear weapons completely simply because you would have to eliminate the threats that other countries feel towards each other, if that could ever be possible.
The Rep.Tauscher argues that elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide will eventually create more peace. It is hard to disagree, but it is unlikely that US will make a significant progress in this direction, at least at the moment, accounting for the dangers of Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs.