1/ Sole Purpose Is Not No First Use: Nuclear Weapons and Declaratory Policy - War on the Rocks. ⁦@nktpnd⁩ and I try to make the case. warontherocks.com/2021/02/sole-p…
2/ We are well aware that it is difficult to convince people of this. Many come with strong priors. Opponents of NFU tend to view any Sole Purpose as tantamount to it. And supporters of NFU often want it to be. So it’s hard to convince folks there is daylight. But there is.
3/ Many thanks to @Woolaf, @PerkovichG, @james_acton32, @Joshua_Pollack, @toby_dalton, @clary_co, @ProfTalmadge, @JBWolfsthal, @atomicbell, @ArmsControlWonk, @BrunoTertrais and others for helping us think through some of this, and some with extensive comments through the process.
4/ All errors remain Ankit’s. Just kidding :).
5/ And no, India does not, and has never had, a real NFU. Don't @ me.

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