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Public Speaking Tips for Aspiring Wonks

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:37:21 +0000

Quote of the week: “Speech is the index of the mind.” — Seneca Three of the keys to professional success to reduce nuclear dangers are sharp analytical, writing, and pubic speaking skills. One way to sharpen your public speaking skills is to prepare talking points — guideposts for the listening journey you want to take …(image)

Nuclear Posturing

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:50:28 +0000

Quote of the week: “If deterrence were really stable… it would cease to deter. If the probability of nuclear weapons going off were zero, they would not deter anybody.” — Kenneth Boulding The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, as advertised, is devoid of new diplomatic initiatives to reduce nuclear dangers and endorses new, low-yield nuclear …(image)

KCN-eh? December and January’s Other North Korean Developments

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:34:24 +0000

A Canadian reviews the last two months’ North Korea news with a special guest. Andrea talks to Scott LaFoy for a whirlwind tour of December and January’s developments. They cover Kim Jong Un’s New Years Address, the Vancouver Foreign Ministers Meeting, and those pesky ship-to-ship transfers the North Koreans are so fond of these days. …(image)

Crises between India and Pakistan: The Basics

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:53:06 +0000

Quote of the week: “Clearly, five major crises within a twenty-year period indicate a fundamental structural problem… This region has not been stable and peaceful despite the common cultural and geopolitical heritage of its two dominant states.” — Stephen P. Cohen and Sunil Dasgupta, Arming without Aiming: India’s Military Modernization, Brookings (2010) Crises on the …(image)

Agonizing over the Agni

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:07:38 +0000

India launched the Agni-V intermediate-range ballistic missile. Launch a missile, get a pod. Aaron is skiing in Vail, so The Diplomat‘s Ankit Panda joins Jeffrey to discuss India’s nuclear and missile programs from rail mobile missiles to the guy who flooded India’s only ballistic missile submarine. Links of Note: Ankit’s Twitter thread on Agni test imagery. Ankit and …(image)

The Most Dangerous Aspect of Trump’s Nuclear Posture

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:15:18 +0000

Quote of the week: “Labor to keep alive in your bread that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” — From “110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation,” (Rule #110), compiled by French Jesuits in 1595. George Washington copied these by hand as a pedagogical exercise at age 16. Concerns about …(image)

Rupture and Betrayal

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:50:45 +0000

Quote of the week: “We will insist that Pakistan take decisive action against militant and terrorist groups operating from its soil.” –Trump Administration’s “National Security Strategy of the United States of America,” December 2017 Another rupture, another sense of betrayal. U.S.-Pakistan relations have once again reached a low point with the Trump administration’s decision to …(image)

Reviewing the Nuclear Posture Review

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:14:18 +0000

A draft of the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review has leaked — and its a doozy.  Aaron and Jeffrey discuss the history of these reviews and recommendations to develop a new sea-launched cruise missile and a variable yield warhead for the Trident D5 submarine launched ballistic missile. Links of Note: The Huffpost article that originally leaked the …(image)

The Vancouver Meeting on North Korea: What Should We Expect?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:25:12 +0000

On 16 January, Canada and the US are jointly hosting a group of foreign ministers in Vancouver to discuss the North Korea issue. For background on the meeting, I wrote an earlier piece for the Canadian International Council at the time the event was announced. I’m pleased the initiative got off the ground, that Canada …(image)

Tightening the Screws on the INF

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:41:18 +0000

The Trump Administration is naming names, confirming what Jeffrey has long said ? that the new cruise missile Russia is building in violation of the 1987 INF Treaty is the 9M729, which is known in the US as the SSC-8 Screwdriver. Aaron and Jeffrey discuss Russia’s violation of the INF Treaty, offering a deep dive …(image)

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