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NCJ Number: 236749 Find in a Library
Title: US State Crimes Related to Nuclear Weapons: Is There Hope for Change in the Obama Administration?
Journal: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice  Volume:35  Issue:3  Dated:August 2011  Pages:243-259
Author(s): Ronald C. Kramer; Elizabeth A. Bradshaw
Date Published: August 2011
Page Count: 17
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the American nuclear weapons policy.
Abstract: Given the long history of U.S. State crimes related to nuclear weapons and the aggressive unilateralism of the George W. Bush administration that compounded these crimes, the election of Barack Obama created a “hope” for “change” in American nuclear weapons policy. While it is too early to render any conclusive judgment, the authors offer a preliminary assessment of the Obama record with regard to nuclear weapons based on a number of significant policy statements made and official actions taken, including Obama's 2009 Prague speech, the signing of the new START agreement in April 2010, the administration's 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, the Washington DC Nuclear Security Summit, and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference of 2010. Although the new administration has taken some steps to reduce the likelihood of the use or threat to use nuclear weapons, the authors conclude that under President Obama the United States continues to be in violation of the solemn legal obligation to disarm as imposed by the NPT treaty of 1968. The authors also briefly note some of the structural and cultural factors related to the American empire that hinders any president from changing American nuclear weapons policy. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Federal government; Foreign policies; Nuclear terrorism; Political crimes; State
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