6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, 1966-1968

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was, to quote President Johnson’s national security adviser, Walt Rostow, “a constitutional arrangement for the organization of the noncommunist world.” While its negotiations reopened lines of communication between the superpowers that had been closed since Nuremberg, Moscow mostly played a supporting role. Its cooperation, though necessary, was insufficient for the treaty’s success. The NPT depended as well on an unlikely marriage between America’s Cold War alliances in Western Europe and East Asia and collective security arrangements under the UN in those regions having recently undergone decolonization. Dr. Hunt discussed the nuances of the NPT’s negotiation and its significance for contemporary crises. 


  • Jonathan Hunt

    Title VIII Summer Research Scholar, Former Short-Term Scholar
    Lecturer, University of Southampton