Nuke Summit Success? Malaysia Edition
Apparently Malaysia is saying this has nothing to do with today’s Washington Nuclear Security Summit — opening kickoff of which comes at 5 p.m. EST — but over at Arms Control Wonk, Joshua Pollack makes the case that Malaysia’s decision to finally pass an export control law is a great victory for the goals of the summit in any event. A.Q. Khan, the world’s foremost nuclear proliferator, used Malaysia’s old see-nothing export policy to construct and ship centrifuges to his Libyan customers. Sure, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was one of a handful of national leaders to meet with President Obama one-on-one today, but let’s take the Mayalsians at their word.