The Cold War has been over for ten years, but our arms-control regime still is stuck in the days of U.S.-Soviet confrontation. A new approach is needed, with the focus on reassurance rather than reduction.
Some 50 years ago, the advent of nuclear weapons led to a new era of arms control that dominated diplomacy between East and West. Arms control, in its various forms, has been part of every administration's national security policy since 1945. But now we have entered a wholly new era. Arms-control practice must change to meet new realities, or it will have no relevance or applicability to today's issues.