The Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) represents a significant shift toward nuclear nonproliferation, counterterrorism and even a stronger emphasis on conventional deterrence. And it raises the threshold for consideration of the use and role of nuclear weapons. While it may take years or even decades to decide just how radical a shift it represents, it is certain that the NPR—the third U.S. review of its kind since the Soviet Union dissolved—marks the most significant ...

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