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U.S.-Russian program for elimination of nuclear weapons

The Legacy of Nunn-Lugar

July 2013, Number 04.03

“Scholars believe the Chinese character for crisis contains symbols for both danger and opportunity. Such a juxtaposition of words, however, was an apt representation of the dangers inherent in the rapid disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. The military of that nuclear-armed superpower was in disarray, and many feared nuclear weapons and other military material could fall into the hands of terrorists and criminal organizations. Out of that disarray emerged opportunity. In June 1992, the United States, Russia and other post-Soviet states implemented the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program treaty to address this overriding threat and expand cooperation in security, energy, economics and other areas of mutual concern.

But in October 2012, after 20 years of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program success, the Russian government announced it would not renew its participation in the program at its expiration in June 2013. The American proposal to renew CTR was “at odds with our ideas about the forms and basis for building further cooperation in that area,” a statement on the Russian Foreign Ministry website said...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “The Legacy of Nunn-Lugar,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  4, No. 3, 2013: 48-51.

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