The Presidential election in the U.S. will have an enormous impact on the world’s future. During the first Presidential Debate, the candidates both declared that the most important and serious issue before America and the world is the threat posed by nuclear weapons. We agree.
Yet there are clear differences between the nuclear weapon policies of the two candidates. I urge you to review these differences and to inform voters of the nature of the choice before them. Click here to read a summary of the candidates’ positions.
If President Bush’s policies continue, we are threatened with resumed nuclear testing and the development of new more “usable” nuclear weapons. If Senator Kerry’s policies go forward, we are offered the opportunity to re-invigorate increased cooperation with the international community, greater respect for the rule of law, strengthening of the nonproliferation regime and renewed hope for U.S. leadership in making the world safe from nuclear weapons threats.
For a detailed analysis of some pertinent arms control issues, click here to read a recent law review article published in the International Lawyer.
Regardless of who wins the U.S. election, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and destroying the Cold War stockpiles will remain critical to the survival of the planet. Also, without respecting the pledges made under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to make substantive progress on the nuclear disarmament agenda aspirations to prevent proliferation will fail. Our work is to assist decision makers, both nationally and internationally, to work more effectively to fulfill those pledges. To that end I am honored to share the following reports with you below.
These reports highlight the strength of the leadership of GSI’s programs: Senator Douglas Roche, O.C., Chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative, and Ambassador Thomas Graham, Chairman of the Bipartisan Security Group, are two of the worlds most respected, knowledgeable and influential experts on nuclear policy. We should be deeply grateful for their leadership and advocacy.
HON. DOUGLAS ROCHE, O.C.
CHAIR, MIDDLE POWERS INITIATIVE
HONORED BY AMBASSADORS OF THE SEVEN-COUNTRY NEW AGENDA COALTION
The following commendation was presented to Senator Douglas Roche, O.C., at a dinner given by Graham Kelly, High Commissioner for New Zealand to Canada, at his residence in Ottawa on September 20. Present were the Ambassadors of the countries who presented the award as well as Ambassadors from several NATO countries as well as representatives of the Government of Canada.
The Honourable Douglas Roche, O.C.
In recognition of your outstanding contribution to nuclear disarmament, through your international work as a distinguished Parliamentarian, author on social justice and the right to peace and security, Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament, and Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee.
We salute you for your leadership in chairing the Middle Powers Initiative and for your work in support of the New Agenda Coalition’s proposals to remove all nuclear weapons from our planet.
As member countries of the New Agenda Coalition, we honour you for your dedication and lifetime commitment to make the world a safer place for humankind.
Ambassador for Brazil
Ambassador for Egypt
Ambassador for Ireland
Ambassador for Mexico
High Commissioner for New Zealand
High Commissioner for South Africa
Ambassador for Sweden
Ottawa, Canada, 20 September 2004
AUTHOR OF COMMON SENSE ON WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
“Thomas Graham Jr. has cut right down to the essentials about mankind’s most dangerous weapons. The general public will be encouraged to demand better policies.”
– HANS BLIX
“If security and arms control seem arcane, this vivid, succinct guided tour by a master diplomat with decades of hands-on experience is the authoritative antidote.”
– RICHARD RHODES
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb
In our post-9/11 world of shoe bombers and cyberterrorism, a crude nuclear device no larger than a baseball could devastate a major city. As we live in fear of attacks of unknown proportion, why do people remain confused and complacent in the face of potential disaster?
Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr. believes that a tide of misinformation has led to the public’s lack of understanding of the vital issues. Here, in a straightforward and comprehensible style, Graham concisely provides the background necessary to understand the news and opinions surrounding WMDs.
Thomas Graham Jr. served for several decades as general counsel and acting director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He was President Clinton’s special ambassador for nuclear disarmament issues, and his work culminated in the agreement to indefinitely extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Graham is special counsel at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP in Washington, DC, and teaches classes in international law and arms control.
He is Chairman of the Bipartisan Security Group, a program of the Global Security Institute.
Available from the University of Washington Press, October 2004.