From Hoover Press: Reykjavik Revisited: Steps toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, Complete Report of October 2007 Hoover Institution/ Nuclear Threat Initiative Conference

Thursday, December 11, 2008
Stanford
Reykjavik  Revisited: Steps toward  a  World  Free  of  Nuclear  Weapons cover
Reykjavik  Revisited: Steps toward  a  World  Free  of  Nuclear  Weapons cover

STANFORD—For nearly two years, former secretaries of state George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former secretary of defense William Perry, and former senator Sam Nunn have spearheaded renewed interest in the Reykjavik Summit of October 1986, where U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev seriously discussed the elimination of nuclear weapons. Two conferences were held at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, one in October 2006 and the second in October 2007, to consider how to rekindle the hopes raised by the dramatic exchange at Reykjavik.  Now the Hoover Press has just released Reykjavik Revisited: Steps toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, edited by George P. Shultz, Steven P. Andreasen, Sidney D. Drell, and James E. Goodby, which contains all the papers prepared for the “Reykjavik Revisited” conference held in October 2007. The book examines the practical steps required to address the nuclear threat and move toward the goal envisioned by Reagan and Gorbachev.

The distinguished contributors include officials from the past six administrations and senior scholars and scientific experts on nuclear issues.

They discuss practical measures that would lead toward eliminating nuclear weapons, managing ongoing nuclear programs, and conducting diplomatic offensives. In addition, the authors explore key issues such as resolving regional animosities and creating a coalition of nations that will work toward the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. Among the specific topics they discuss are how to

  • Secure nuclear stockpiles and stage reductions toward the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide
  • Confront the challenges of verification and compliance
  • Prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the spread of nuclear enrichment and reprocessing
  • Terminate reliance on the launch-ready alert of nuclear-armed missiles and the strategy of mutual assured destruction

Contributors: Steven Andreasen, Bruce G. Blair, Matthew Bunn, Sidney D. Drell, Robert Einhorn, James E. Goodby, Rose Gottemoeller, David Holloway, Edward Ifft, Raymond Jeanloz, Raymond Juzaitis, Max M. Kampelman, Henry A. Kissinger, Jack F. Matlock Jr., John E. McLaughlin, Sam Nunn, William J. Perry, Henry S. Rowen, George P. Shultz, James Timbie

ISBN: 978-0-8179-4921-1 (cloth) $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8179-4922-8 (paper) $15.00
510 pages December 2008