Conversations at Takshashila: Avoiding a Nuclear Catastrophe

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 presidential hopeful and Senate Armed Services Committee member, offered a bill — “The No First Use Act” — to establish in law that it is the policy of the United States not to use nuclear weapons first in a conflict. (Defense News, Jan 30).

So in this episode, Lt Gen (Retd) Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane discuss what a No First Use pledge really means, how this debate is shaping up in the US, and whether a Global No First Use Treaty is a feasible option to reduce the salience of nuclear weapons.