The Asan Forum

In April 2009, during his visit to Prague, President Obama announced his plan for “a world without nuclear weapons.” Through a series of negotiations, the United States and Russia reached an agreement to reduce nuclear weapons to 1,550 each—the New START Treaty. Four years later in Berlin, Obama stated, “we can ensure the security of America and our allies, and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent, while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third.” Furthermore, he mentioned that the United States will work with NATO allies to seek bold reductions in tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Both politically and morally, it is difficult, or “incorrect,” to argue against a world without nuclear weapons.

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Choi Kang
Choi Kang

Center for Foreign Policy and National Security

Dr. CHOI Kang is the vice president for research, a principle fellow and the director of the Center for Foreign Policy and National Security at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, he was the dean of Planning and Assessment at the Korean National Diplomatic Academy, professor and director general for American Studies at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security, research fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior director for Policy Planning and Coordination on the National Security Council Secretariat. He holds several advisory board memberships including: the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Unification of the National Assembly; Ministry of National Defense; Ministry of Unification; Air Force Development Committee; and the National Unification Advisory Council. Dr. Choi was also a South Korean delegate to the Four-Party Talks. He writes extensively on the ROK-US alliance, North Korean military affairs, inter-Korean relations, crisis management, and multilateral security cooperation. Dr. Choi received his B.A. from Kyunghee University, M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University.