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Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:10:36 +0000


Is Space the Final War-Fighting Frontier?

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

There are two generic kinds of failure in the arms control and threat reduction business: failure despite trying, and failure by not trying. Neither one is comforting, but the latter is particularly galling. The dangerous military competition is space now unfolding reflects both kinds of failure. None of us really know how fast and how …(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)

Chance Encounter with Chauncey Gardiner

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 22:32:17 +0000

Quote of the week: “Chance favors the connected mind.” —Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From Longtime readers will recall that Chauncey Gardiner has occasionally imparted his wisdom to readers of ACW. I went looking for him last week, notebook in hand, seeking firmer ground in these unsettling times. MK: Chauncey, you are a sight …(image)

Second Time is NOT a Charm for the Nuclear Ban Treaty

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:53:00 +0000

So the well-intended states and civil society groups in New York have produced a second draft of the nuclear weapons ban convention. The draft shows real work, and drafters deserve credit for some notable improvements. However, aside from questionable nature of the exercise to begin with, the second draft retains many of the specific problems …(image)

Anheung Proving Ground

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:11:11 +0000

Pssssst! Want to see South Korea’s missile test site? South Korea’s recent launch of a Hyunmoo-2C ballistic missile was notable for many reasons. The missile was launched from a truck on a jack-up barge that Dave Schmerler identified as the SIRIUS.  Planet has images of the barge at the dock at the Anheung Proving Ground (on June …(image)