The achievements of the NPR and the signing of New START are the first steps towards President Obama’s stated goal of a nuclear free world. However limited their successes may be, their announcements signify real progress in nuclear disarmament.
The Anglo-French coalition that fought Russia was an unlikely combination. After 1815 relations had often been hostile, and yet they managed to concert policy and strategy to invade and defeat Russia – the continental superpower of the age.
The decision at the Arctic Council ministerial meeting to invite six new
countries – including China – to become permanent observers is a sign that
increasing global interest in the Arctic region is being accommodated.