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The Trump Effect

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:28:33 +0000

Quote of the week: “Alas! Lonely sits the city Once great with people! She that was great among nations Is becoming like a widow; The princess among states Is become a thrall.” — The Book of Lamentations Muslim extremists aren’t the only ones using moving vehicles as instruments of death and injury. A neo-Nazi has …(image)



Modern Man is Obsolete

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:06:10 +0000

Quote of the week: “It is such a supreme folly to believe that nuclear weapons are deadly only if they’re used. The fact that they exist at all, their presence in our lives, will wreak more havoc than we can begin to fathom. Nuclear weapons pervade our thinking. Control our behavior. Administer our societies. Inform …(image)



The More You KN-0w About North Korean Missiles

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:31:10 +0000

A guest post from my colleague Matt Korda (Scott came up with that pun; I’m not nearly that funny) Whether you’ve been wonking on North Korea for awhile or just tuned in, chances are you’ve heard of a missile called the KN-08. You might have also heard of something called a Hwasong-13. And maybe you’ve seen …(image)



Is Space the Final War-Fighting Frontier?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:55:35 +0000

Quote of the week: “ASATs possess considerably greater capacity for transforming a crisis into a war, and for enlarging wars, than they do for assisting in military missions or enhancing deterrence.” —Kurt Gottfried and Richard Ned Lebow, “Anti-Satellite Weapons: Weighing the Risks,” 1985. There are two generic kinds of failure in the arms control and …(image)



Deterrence Stability is a Hoax. The Delicate Balance of Terror is, Too.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:56:49 +0000

Quote of the week: “It has in fact become abundantly clear… since the dawn of the nuclear age, that the balance of terror is decidedly not delicate.” —Bernard Brodie, War & Politics Can we hold two contrary notions in our heads at the same time? Can we acknowledge that the delicate balance of terror and …(image)



Trump Puts Sudan (And the World) “On Notice” over DPRK

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:43:18 +0000

Yesterday, the US State Department issued a really interesting announcement that President Trump was extending the review period for Executive Order 13761, which outlines steps for lifting certain US sanctions on Sudan. In explaining its rationale, State brought up concerns over Sudan’s implementation of DPRK sanctions. (You can be forgiven for having failed to notice. Trump …(image)



Choosing a new OPCW head

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:38:17 +0000

On Thursday this week, seven candidates hoping to replace Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü will present their candidacies to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). They have been asked by Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, the chair of the Executive Council, to focus on two pertinent questions: the priorities and future challenges of the OPCW …(image)



Safeguards Challenges in the Nuclear Weapons Ban

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:55:12 +0000

There are a large number of us who are deeply uncomfortable with the final text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, particularly as it relates to safeguards. Some supporters of the agreement have noted that it seems unreasonable for states that did not participate in the negotiation to complain about the outcome. …(image)



After the Prohibition Treaty

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:02:25 +0000

Quote of the week: “Longing on a large scale is what makes history.” —Don DeLillo, The Underworld The negotiation by non-nuclear-weapon states of a treaty banning nuclear weapons was followed by the usual refrain, “Now comes the hard part.” Every nuclear arms treaty until this one has reflected no more than what domestic and international …(image)



Australia and Nuclear Submarines

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:53:11 +0000

Australia for many reasons is an exceptional country, including in the nuclear policy area: Nuclear weapons were tested on Australian territory, Australia owns intellectual property for enriching uranium, and uranium mined in the outback today fuels the world’s peaceful nuclear applications, but Australia has no nuclear weapons and it produces no nuclear electricity. And so far, …(image)