If and when the United States revises its procedure for authorizing nuclear use, it should also establish better procedures to consult with allies and to assess legality of the order.
Pranay Vaddi is a fellow with the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He holds a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Congress has set limits on U.S. withdrawal from a major arms control treaty. But President Trump may not feel that he has to abide by them.
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