Nuclear Weapons Inventories

There’s really no better illustration of the fact that the nuclear status quo is a relic of the Cold War that we need to move beyond than to simply look at who owns the world’s nuclear arsenals:


Obviously if you just look at the present-day strategic environment in terms of the fundamentals, this is inane. The only possible way to explain it is with reference to the history of the Cold War. And it’s strongly desirable that we move beyond that history by having the US and Russia move to smaller-and-smaller arsenals rather than having China move to bigger-and-bigger arsenals followed by India feeling like it has to follow suit and then Pakistan feeling like it has to follow and then all the states without nuclear weapons feeling like suckers.