Will Saetren

Will Saetren

Will Saetren (@WillSaetren) is a project lead at CRDF Global, where he specialises in nuclear security. He previously worked at the Institute for China-America Studies where he directed the organisation's portfolio on nuclear weapons policy. He is the author of Ghosts of the Cold War: Rethinking the Need for a New Nuclear Cruise Missile, and an alumnus of the Roger Hale fellowship at the Ploughshares Fund.

Latest from Will Saetren

Opinion | Global outcry against US call for sanctions ‘snapback’ on Iran was a long time coming

Under Donald Trump, the US abandoned the deal and sent US foreign policy spiralling. Is it any wonder the US snapback proposal was roundly rejected – by 13 of the 15 Security Council members within 24 hours?

Under Donald Trump, the US abandoned the deal and sent US foreign policy spiralling. Is it any wonder the US snapback proposal was roundly rejected – by 13 of the 15 Security Council members within 24 hours?

26 Aug 2020 - 1:24AM
Opinion | Why Donald Trump should extend nuclear arms treaty with Russia now and worry about China later

With Trump reluctant to accept Russia’s extension offer as he focuses on including China in a new deal, the only nuclear arms control treaty left between the US and Russia is in danger of expiring, making the world a much more dangerous place.

With Trump reluctant to accept Russia’s extension offer as he focuses on including China in a new deal, the only nuclear arms control treaty left between the US and Russia is in danger of expiring, making the world a much more dangerous place.

22 Feb 2020 - 1:57AM
Opinion | India and Pakistan take note: the ‘Madman Theory’ of using tactical nuclear weapons lives up to its name

The tense stand-off between the nuclear-armed neighbours shines a light on their growing arsenals, particularly tactical nuclear weapons that many mistakenly believe could shock an adversary into submission.

The tense stand-off between the nuclear-armed neighbours shines a light on their growing arsenals, particularly tactical nuclear weapons that many mistakenly believe could shock an adversary into submission.

13 Mar 2019 - 10:14AM
Opinion | US cold war containment strategy against China may not end the Soviet way. Instead, it could explode into armed conflict

China’s economic strength, coupled with its military might, make the US’ containment strategy much more dangerous this time around.

China’s economic strength, coupled with its military might, make the US’ containment strategy much more dangerous this time around.

17 Sep 2018 - 6:40AM
Opinion | Is Trump killing nuclear arms control or can he broker deals with North Korea and Russia to make the world a safer place?

The US president does not have a great record on international arms control agreements, but deals with North Korea and Russia may be on the cards. With the risk of proliferation increasing, that can only be a good thing.

The US president does not have a great record on international arms control agreements, but deals with North Korea and Russia may be on the cards. With the risk of proliferation increasing, that can only be a good thing.

19 Aug 2018 - 8:13PM
Will the US’ new nuclear policies spark an arms race with China?

China has thus far maintained a restrained approach to nuclear weapons – seeing them as ‘paper tigers’, more for show than use. The new US nuclear posture review, however, specifically threatens Beijing and may cause it to strengthen deterrence in return.

China has thus far maintained a restrained approach to nuclear weapons – seeing them as ‘paper tigers’, more for show than use. The new US nuclear posture review, however, specifically threatens Beijing and may cause it to strengthen deterrence in return.

28 Mar 2018 - 7:51PM
How Trump’s incoherent foreign policy promotes uncertainty in the Asia-Pacific and risks disaster

American foreign policy, especially in the Asia-Pacific, depends on sending clear messages to allies and adversaries alike, and the unclear signals coming from the Trump administration could have catastrophic consequences.

American foreign policy, especially in the Asia-Pacific, depends on sending clear messages to allies and adversaries alike, and the unclear signals coming from the Trump administration could have catastrophic consequences.

25 Jan 2018 - 7:17PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The real reason the US hasn’t tried to shoot down a North Korean missile

The effective use of vaunted missile defence systems such the Aegis and THAAD carries so many caveats that the US would never lightly attempt a shoot-down, because failure would be catastrophic

The effective use of vaunted missile defence systems such the Aegis and THAAD carries so many caveats that the US would never lightly attempt a shoot-down, because failure would be catastrophic

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Why a US military strike against North Korea would be disastrous

Calls for a pre-emptive strike by the US are extremely reckless and will only lead to a massive loss of life

Calls for a pre-emptive strike by the US are extremely reckless and will only lead to a massive loss of life

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM