Burning Issues: Will More Nuclear Weapons Make Us Safer?

A ghost of the Cold War – the nuclear arms race – could come back to haunt us in a very big way if it is not brought out of the shadows in this presidential election, according to Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, in this installment of the Burning Issues video series.

Cirincione explains that there are plans to spend up to $1 trillion over the next 30 years on modernizing our nuclear arsenal. Is that investment suited to the kinds of security challenges we face? And wouldn’t such spending by the United States prompt other countries to beef up their nuclear arsenals in response?

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made his position clear even before he entered the race by introducing legislation in the Senate that would cut spending on nuclear weapons, Cirincione points out. In this video, he goes on to assess the positions of the other candidates.

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