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One of the first things the United States did as the Soviet Union dissolved was remove thousands of its tactical nuclear weapons from Europe. But they left a small stash, just in case. Now, the U.S. could spend $10 billion to overhaul those nukes it left behind.

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Why Our New Nuclear Weapons Treaty with Russia Matters

Rachel Kleinfeld explains why the nuclear arms reduction treaty the Senate ratified today is "a masterful piece of diplomacy."


Today, the Senate ratified the new START treaty, an treaty between Russia and the United States to further scale back their nuclear arsenals. Because after all, who wants more nukes in the world (besides North Korea, Iran, and Al-Qaeda)? The New York Times is calling it "the most tangible foreign policy achievement of Mr. Obama's two years in office."

Back in April, when Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the treaty, Rachel Kleinfeld, the CEO of the Truman National Security Project, wrote a column for GOOD explaining why the treaty was "a masterful piece of diplomacy." The bulk of her column is below, to help put today's news in perspective.

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Does the U.S.-Russian Treaty Reduce the Threat of Nuclear Winter?

If you're like us you're probably wondering whether the treaty signed by Barack Obama and Dmitri Medvedev actually does anything to reduce...

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