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Profile: Robert T. Grey
Positions that Robert T. Grey has held:
- US Representative to the Conference on Disarmament
September 15, 2000
“[W]e have repeatedly pointed out that there is no arms race in outer space—nor any prospect of an arms race in outer space, for as far down the road as anyone can see…. We reject allegations that actions or plans of the United States attest to a desire for hegemony, or any intent to carry out nuclear blackmail, or any supposed quest for absolute freedom to use force or threaten to use force in international relations. These assertions have no basis in reality. A limited system of National Missile Defense does not give anyone ‘hegemony.’ Indeed, in today’s world ‘hegemony’ is unattainable in any case. The world is too diverse, too complex, too open to new ideas for ‘hegemony.’ The era of empires is over, as is the era of one-party States. Information and ideas cannot be controlled by any Party or by any government. People of all backgrounds have the opportunity, the capability, and the right to make up their own minds. Rote repetition of slogans and cliches that distort reality cannot change this essential fact.”
[US Department of State, 9/15/2000]
Robert T. Grey was a participant or observer in the following events:
In Geneva, at the Conference on Disarmament, US Ambassador Robert T. Grey, Jr. says that US interest in weaponizing space will not spark an arms race and therefore efforts to establish the proposed Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) treaty would be “unwise,” “unrealistic,” and a waste of time. “The United States agrees that it is appropriate to keep this topic [PAROS] under review,” he says. “On the other hand, we have repeatedly pointed out that there is no arms race in outer space—nor any prospect of an arms race in outer space, for as far down the road as anyone can see.” The US and Israel are the only countries that oppose efforts to outlaw the weaponization of space. Members of the conference express concern that US intentions in space reflect its desire to achieve world hegemony. Grey adamantly denies that the US is motivated by such goals. “We reject allegations that actions or plans of the United States attest to a desire for hegemony, or any intent to carry out nuclear blackmail, or any supposed quest for absolute freedom to use force or threaten to use force in international relations.” He further asserts that this view has “no basis in reality,” because a limited National Missile Defense (NMD) would does “not give anyone ‘hegemony.’” He claims also that hegemony “is unattainable in any case” since the world is so diverse and complex. [US Department of State, 9/15/2000; Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 1/2001]
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