Dr David Krieger is a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and has served as President of the Foundation since 1982. Under his leadership the Foundation has initiated many innovative and important projects for building peace, strengthening international law, abolishing nuclear weapons and empowering new peace leaders.
He is one of 50 Councilors of the World Future Council, which seeks to be a voice for future generations, and serves as chair of the Council’s Peace and Disarmament Working Group. He is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility. Dr. Krieger is a founder and a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000. [Complete Resume]
In April 2009, President Obama went to Prague and told the world that the United States seeks “the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” A year later, his administration is moving forward toward this goal. The Obama administration rolled out its Nuclear Posture Review on April 6, 2010. On April 8, 2010, the president will be back in Prague to sign a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russians.
In both tone and substance the new Nuclear Posture Review is far more positive and hopeful than that of the Bush administration. The Obama nuclear posture puts its primary focus on preventing nuclear proliferation and terrorism. “The threat of global nuclear war has become remote,” it says, “but the risk of nuclear attack has increased.” It views nuclear terrorism as “today’s most immediate and extreme danger.”
To prevent terrorists, such as al Qaeda, from obtaining nuclear weapons, the Obama administration seeks to bolster the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and secure all loose nuclear materials within four years. It will hold a Nuclear Security Summit next week in Washington. It also is pursuing arms control efforts, including the New START agreement, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty. The Obama administration is straight forward in articulating that it is doing this “as a means of strengthening our ability to mobilize broad international support for the measures needed to reinforce the non-proliferation regime and secure nuclear materials worldwide.” In other words, the administration understands that the US needs to show that it is taking steps to meet its own disarmament obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (something the Bush administration never grasped) if it hopes to have the support of other parties to that treaty for keeping nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists.