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Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy

Abstract

The arguments in favor of the United States' declaring that the only purpose of its nuclear weapons is to deter others who possess them from using theirs – in other words, that in no circumstances will this country use nuclear weapons first – are far stronger than the arguments against this stance. It must be hoped that the next US administration will take this no-first-use step promptly.

Citation

Holdren, John P. "The Overwhelming Case for No First Use." Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 76.1 (January 2020): 3-7.