NATO and Peace Would Gain from a No-First-Use Policy

December 15, 1999

By Thomas Graham, Jr., Robert Mcnamara and Jack Mendelsohn
L.A. Times

We believe it is critical for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to reconsider its nuclear policy and agree to a no-first-use provision on nuclear weapons. Such a policy would be a signal to the international community that the most powerful nations in the world are prepared to accept that nuclear weapons have no utility other than to deter a nuclear-armed opponent from their use. It also would help strengthen a nuclear nonproliferation regime severely shaken by the U.S. Senate’s rejection of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.


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