Former foreign ministers from around the world call for a renewed focus on the growing global nuclear risk and for the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. The statement reflects a consensus formed during the 25th Aspen Ministers Forum in Vienna, Austria in November 2019. Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Igor Ivanov, former Russian foreign minister, also wrote a call for action in the New York Times. The world survived the nuclear dangers of the Cold War through a combination of skilled diplomacy, political leadership, and good fortune. The fall of the Berlin Wall did not eliminate those dangers, but the years that followed saw continued progress on arms control, a significant reduction in nuclear risk, and a reduced reliance on military means for addressing political conflicts. Today, in contrast, the world is regressing. Geopolitical tensions are rising and many of the major powers are placing a renewed emphasis on the role of nuclear weapons in their military strategies.
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