What can we learn from South Africa’s decision to give up its nukes?


Former South African President F.W. de Klerk addresses the Trinity College Law Society after being presented with the Praeses Elit Award on Jan. 18, 2017, in Dublin.

Former South African President F.W. de Klerk addresses the Trinity College Law Society after being presented with the Praeses Elit Award on Jan. 18, 2017, in Dublin.

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The story should sound familiar: A rogue regime, condemned, isolated, and sanctioned by the international community for its human rights abuses, sees enemies amassing on its borders and questions the reliability of its longtime allies. The only way to protect itself from invasion and establish its legitimacy as a world power, it believes, is to develop a nuclear weapons program.

In this case, though, the story has a…

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