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Last Build Date: Mon, 29 May 2017 13:39:04 +0000


Disarmament Diplomacy and the Ban Treaty

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:28:59 +0000

Quote of the week: “Our world will be a safer and healthier place when we can admit that every time we make an atomic bomb we corrupt the morals of a host of innocent neutrons below the age of consent.” —W.H. Auden The drafting of a Ban (or Prohibition) Treaty, which resumes in June, is …(image)

Brixey-Williams on the legal implications of the nuclear ban

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:57:27 +0000

This is a guest post by BASIC Project Leader Sebastian Brixey-Williams. The legal implications of the nuclear ban: separating fact from fiction   The nuclear ban treaty’s draft text is out, and the arms control community is beavering away trying to understand what it all means. I observed the first round of UN negotiations in March, …(image)

On guard: North Korean private security and the UN

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:53:52 +0000

Malaysian-North Korean relations have been imploding since the assassination of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur Airport, and the subsequent revelations that North Korea has been doing a whole lot of other shady things on Malaysian soil. If you haven’t already, read my colleague Dan Salisbury’s post about possible North Korean-Malaysian submarine building. Some of …(image)

The 1st Nuclear Ban Draft is Out

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:56:33 +0000

Long time reader, first time Wonker.  My thanks to the Wonk-Supreme for allowing me to contribute. The president of the negotiations for a nuclear weapons ban convention has just released her first draft of the proposed treaty. As will become readily apparent, I am not an expert on international law, but I am a keenly-interested …(image)

What’s the Objective in a Nuclear War?

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:14:54 +0000

Quote of the week: “You show me a Secretary of Defense who’s planning not to prevail [in a nuclear war] and I’ll show you a Secretary of Defense who ought to be impeached.” —Caspar Weinberger, New York Times, August 24, 1982 In an influential article, “Atoms, Strategy and Policy,” published in the January 1956 issue …(image)

North Korean WMD: A Guide to Online Resources

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:07:51 +0000

North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are the topic du jour in the WMD world, but if you’re trying to get smart about the subject, where should you turn? The amount of material never gets any smaller, and you’ve nearly got to be an expert in your own right to judge what’s what. I won’t try to catalogue and …(image)

Hwasong 10 and 12 missiles.

Sat, 20 May 2017 21:33:22 +0000

I made a thing to help compare the Hwasong-10 and Hwasong-12 missiles.  A lot of people are rushing out their analysis.  We’d like to get it right before publishing.  I am old fashioned like that.(image)

Daniel Salisbury: A Malaysian Shipyard with North Korean Connections?

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:54:43 +0000

This is a guest post by CNS Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Salisbury. The assassination in February of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport has turned international attention to North Korea’s other shady activities in Malaysia. A Reuters investigation has already revealed that a North Korean company has been marketing military radios …(image)

Guest Post: The Chinpo Shipping Case Implodes

Mon, 15 May 2017 20:28:02 +0000

A guest post from my colleague Andrea Berger: Chinpo Shipping (Private) Pty is our model proliferation finance prosecution. Or at least it was, until last week, when it all came apart at the seams. In June 2014, Singaporean prosecutors filed charges against Chinpo Shipping and its director for its involvement in facilitating the shipment of …(image)

Nuclear South Asia

Tue, 09 May 2017 15:07:57 +0000

Quotes of the week: “Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.” –Aeschylus “Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.” –Mark Twain When you find yourself in a hole, recovery is a multi-step process. The first step is to stop digging. The second step is to figure out how …(image)