Jenifer Mackby


President Obama's administration has ushered in a banner period for nuclear issues, and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty ("CTBT") has figured prominently among them. In his benchmark April 2009 speech in Prague calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons, President Obama added that his administration would "immediately and aggressively" pursue US ratification of the treaty. In September, President Obama presided over the United Nations ("UN") Security Council summit meeting that adopted Resolution 1887, which "enshrines our shared commitment to the goal of a world without nuclear weapons" and also calls on states to "refrain from conducting a nuclear test explosion and to sign and ratify the CTBT, thereby bringing the treaty into force at an early date . . . ."