Washington’s focus turns to nuclear issues this week, as the city hosts a global conference on keeping radioactive materials out of terrorist hands and lawmakers prepare for hearings on the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review.
President Obama will begin meeting with world leaders and representatives from 47 countries Monday, the kickoff for a for a two-day nuclear security summit. First proposed by Obama in a September speech before the United Nations General Assembly, the principal purpose of the talks is fostering discussion on global nonproliferation (view White House press briefing. Any policy statements that come out of the summit could provide momentum heading into the United Nations’ review conference of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, scheduled for May.
While the summit is taking place, Congress will begin to weigh in on the Obama administration’s recently released Nuclear Posture Review.