Former Secretary of Defense William Perry shaped U.S. national security policy in the aftermath of the Cold War. But our deteriorating relations with Russia, he argues in the interview below, have re-awakened many of the nuclear dangers the world faced then — and current global political imperatives make taking real steps towards disarmament more unlikely with every passing day. With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, those imperatives look even more frightening.
Octavian Report: You’ve said that you believe the current era is the worst you’ve seen in terms of a threat of an actual nuclear catastrophe. Why?
William Perry served as Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton and is currently the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University.