The Need for Global Zero

There is nothing like nuclear weapons to add drama to conventional crises. On the anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, President Putin’s claim that he considered placing Russia’s nuclear weapons on alert to deter retaliatory action caused more than a few strategic analysts to sit up and take notice. In light of the ongoing modernization of Russia’s nuclear forces, it’s fair to ask: Are nuclear weapons back in vogue? And does this mean that “global zero” is over?

Sharon Squassoni