Shultz on Nukes — Then & Now

Monday, March 24, 2008
George P. Shultz

George Shultz, writing with Henry Kissinger and others in the Wall Street Journal late last year, asserted that “nuclear weapons were essential to maintaining international security during the Cold War. …But reliance on nuclear weapons for [the purpose of deterrence] is becoming increasingly hazardous and decreasingly effective,…The world is now on the precipice of a new and dangerous nuclear era.” What made nuclear weapons acceptable then, and so unacceptable today? In answering these questions Shultz addresses the difficult challenges the United States faces as it seeks to curb the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran, and the threat represented by non-nation state actors: the nightmare scenario of a nuclear suitcase bomb detonating in a major American city. (32:06) Video transcript

Recorded on Friday, March 14, 2008