Global Affairs

A new era in big power arms control

The US decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was met with consternation - but it may be what's needed for a new, more relevant arms control deal

He's done it again. After pulling his country out of treaties governing everything from trade to the protection of the environment, President Donald Trump has just announced that the United States plans to withdraw from a landmark nuclear arms agreement with Russia.

Mr Trump's proclaimed intention to pull the US out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was met with the predictable cries of despair from the legions of armchair strategists and arms control specialists, most of whom have dismissed the move as just another example of the US President's destructive approach to any international obligation accepted by his predecessors in the White House.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2018, with the headline 'A new era in big power arms control'. Print Edition | Subscribe