Some Good Reading for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

President Barack Obama speaks at the closing session of the Nuclear Security Summit on March 25, 2014, in The Hague, Netherlands.

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President Barack Obama speaks at the closing session of the Nuclear Security Summit on March 25, 2014, in The Hague, Netherlands.

As the curtain prepares to rise on tomorrow's opening in Washington, take a moment to read the best from Defense One staff and contributors.

Delegates to the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit are pouring into Washington, marveling at cherry blossoms and snarling traffic. We’re getting ready by rounding up some of our best writing on nuclear weapons, security, and nonproliferation matters. Enjoy — and if you have your own thoughts to add to the discussion, do drop us a line.

Editor’s note: Two of these pieces are presented in partnership with Carnegie Corporation.

Is That All There Is? Obama’s Disappointing Nuclear Legacy. Ploughshares’ Joe Cirincione argues that the biggest roadblock to making the world safer from nuclear weapons turned out to be the president’s own team.

It’s Time for China to Turn Nuclear-Security Pledges into Reality. Beijing’s made a good start, but must buckle down before terror groups exploit corruption to devastating effect. By Hui Zhang of Harvard’s Belfer Center, via Carnegie Corporation.

The All-Too-Human Reason Nuclear Material Isn’t Secure Enough. Every facility that holds it is vulnerable to security complacency. By William Tobey of Harvard’s Belfer Center, via Carnegie Corporation.

Obama Is About To Launch A New Nuclear Arms Race. There’s a Better Way. (January 2016) Gordon Adams and Richard Sokolsky: Despite his anti-nuclear words, the president is about to cave to the nuclear arms priesthood.

America’s Working on Its Next Nuclear Deal. The Obama administration wants to alter a plutonium-disposal pact. What will Russia demand in return? Global Business Reporter Marcus Weisgerber reports.

The Iran Deal and the Future of Nuclear Nonproliferation Efforts. (July 2015) Negotiations with Tehran show that the global nuclear order works best as a coherent whole. But each component faces real challenges in order to keep the peace. The Council on Foreign Relations’ Adam Mount lays them out.

Obama’s Trillion Dollar Nuclear Weapons Gamble (February 2015) The Union of Concerned Scientists’ Stephen Young asks: Why is the president is proposing a multi-billion dollar nuclear arsenal overhaul that is expensive, dangerous, and does nothing to make the United States safer?

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