TOKYO - It is a cause of grave concern that there are an increasing number of regions under tension and exposed to the threat of nuclear weapons; namely, the Middle East, South Asia and Northeast Asia. Today, there are more countries that seem to be adhering to the doctrine of nuclear deterrence and/or extended deterrence than during the Cold War era.
This reminds me of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s warning to the world, “Unfortunately, the doctrine of nuclear deterrence has proven to be contagious. This has made non-proliferation more difficult, which in turn raises new risks that nuclear weapons will be used.” It is critical that all of us share an awareness that humanity is standing at an important tipping point today.
By Frederick N. Mattis
ANNAPOLIS, USA - Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda’s Peace Proposal for 2013 notes that worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons will require the legal framework of a treaty banning the weapons (variously called a nuclear abolition treaty, nuclear ban treaty, or Nuclear Weapons Convention – NWC). The SGI president proposes the goal of substantial completion in 2015 of the NWC text. Upon its finalization, then, of course, time will be needed for states to evaluate, sign, ratify, and formally accede to the NWC.
By Ernest Corea*
WASHINGTON DC – President Barack Obama has named Ambassador Susan Rice, the indefatigable US “permanent representative” at the UN as his next National Security Adviser. The official designation is Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, an influential White House position that does not require confirmation by the US Senate. .
Rice, and former White House official Samantha Power who has been nominated to succeed her, are expected to shake up Obama’s foreign policy establishment, making the case for a more activist policy with human rights as its centerpiece.