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START: How Did We Get Here?
Posted By Jeffrey Chatterton On March 31, 2010 @ 11:00 am In International | Comments Disabled
When the United States and Russia meet in Prague on April 8 to sign the follow-on Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), Presidents Obama and Medvedev will finalize a process that took about a year to complete. Although some claim New START is a monumental step along the “road to zero” (a world without nuclear weapons), a look back at the rocky negotiation process reveals that serious national interests were sacrificed in the interests of this idealistic goal:
While many herald the finalization of the START follow-on agreement as a vindication of the Obama’s arms control strategy, a reminder of this year-long process raises questions about American national security. Were the sacrifices related to missile defense, American alliances, and nuclear modernization worth it? These more immediate and urgent strategic interests should not be clouded by the idealism of a world without nuclear weapons.
Jeffrey Chatterton currently is a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/About/Internships-Young-Leaders/The-Heritage-Foundation-Internship-Program 
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URLs in this post:
 February 7, 2009: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/07/AR2009020700756.html
 followed: http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-2009-03-06-voa51-68812192.html
 April 1, 2009: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-4909175-503544.html
 Within the week: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2009/04/Incompatible-Pronouncements-on-the-Future-of-the-US-Nuclear-Force
 May 19, 2009: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/20/world/europe/20start.html
 July 6-8, 2009: http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20100329_1928.php
 Reportedly: http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-2009-07-15-voa37-68743607.html
 late August: http://www.foundry.org/2009/08/27/obama-officially-abandons-missile-defense-in-europe/
 September 17: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Factsheets/Endangering-America-And-Our-Allies-Obamas-Missile-Defense-Plans-Dont-Add-Up
 October 9: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/world/10nobel.html
 December 4: http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/1209/ObamaMedvedev_issue_START_statement_.html
 January 2010: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/world/europe/27start.html
 last week: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/26/AR2010032604410.html
 http://www.heritage.org/About/Internships-Young-Leaders/The-Heritage-Foundation-Internship-Program: http://www.heritage.org/About/Internships-Young-Leaders/The-Heritage-Foundation-Internship-Program
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