Nuclear Proliferation Challenges Facing the Biden Administration

Deputy Director Eric Brewer predicts nuclear proliferation challenges the Biden administration will face in office.

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The Biden administration faces a strained global nonproliferation regime. Iran’s nuclear program is moving forward with few constraints. North Korea continues to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal, posing an increasing threat to the region and the United States. Other nuclear challenges—such as Saudi Arabia’s nuclear ambitions and foot-dragging on transparency measures—highlight the potential for a more complex future nuclear proliferation landscape that tests the effectiveness of the traditional U.S. policy toolkit. 

The Biden administration will need to effectively manage near-term nuclear proliferation risks while also planning and investing in U.S. strategies and capabilities to ward off over-the-horizon threats…

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