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The Obama Administration’s Nuclear Weapon Strategy

The Promises of Prague, 1st Edition

By Aiden Warren


322 pages

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This book comprehensively outlines and evaluates the key Obama nuclear weapons policies, developments and initiatives from 2008–2012. Beginning with the administration’s vision and goals posited in the 2009 Prague Speech and reaffirmed in the National Security Strategy of 2010, the book assesses the congressionally mandated Nuclear Posture Review, the New START Treaty, the pursuit of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty ratification, the Proliferation Security Initiative, the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference, the Global Nuclear Security Summit – and the extent to which Obama, in the context of such initiatives, has actually upheld the lofty goals posited in Prague and differentiated himself from the nuclear path pursued by the Bush Administration. Additionally, the book evaluates the Obama Administration’s dealings with other states in the context of its nuclear weapons policy – in particular, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, India, and China.

Offering a comprehensive analysis of the current status of the US nuclear weapons strategy, this volume will be of great interest to scholars and students of American foreign policy, security studies and international relations.


'The book's scope is wide yeat Warren discusses these amtters in a comprehensive and engaging manner, making it a valuable addition to the growing literature on various aspects of Obama's foreign and security policies. Scholars of US nuclear policy and American foreign policy more generally will find it of great interest'

- Jason Douglas, University College Cork, International Affairs

'Far from merely being a presentation of Obama’s nuclear stance, the book presents the reader with a comprehensive overview of the multiple aspects of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Overall,it provides a thorough account of facts and data that make it recommendable to scholars of international relations, international security and US foreign policy.'

Laura Siddi, The International Spectator

Table of Contents

1. The Vision of Prague 2. The Obama Administration and the Nuclear Posture Review 3. The Obama Administration and the New START Treaty 4. The Obama Administration and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) 5. The Obama Administration and other Nuclear Initiatives 6. The Obama Administration and other States (North Korea, Iran, Pakistan) 7. The Obama Administration and other States (India, China, Israel)

About the Author

Aiden Warren is a lecturer at RMIT University in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy

This new series sets out to publish high quality works by leading and emerging scholars critically engaging with United States Foreign Policy. The series welcomes a variety of approaches to the subject and draws on scholarship from international relations, security studies, international political economy, foreign policy analysis and contemporary international history.

Subjects covered include the role of administrations and institutions, the media, think tanks, ideologues and intellectuals, elites, transnational corporations, public opinion, and pressure groups in shaping foreign policy, US relations with individual nations, with global regions and global institutions and America’s evolving strategic and military policies.

The series aims to provide a range of books – from individual research monographs and edited collections to textbooks and supplemental reading for scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and students.

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