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The Logic of Nuclear Superiority

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:08:30 +0000

Quotes 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 “Strategic flexibility, unless wedded to a plausible theory of how to win a war …(image)

The Strike on Al Kibar

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:56:19 +0000

Haaretz dropped an incredible article with new details about the 2007 Israeli air strike on the nascent Syrian nuclear reactor at Al Kibar. So we thought it would be a good opportunity to interrupt Jeffrey’s working vacation to talk about Al Kibar, the North Korean nuclear connection, and how our understanding of the event has …(image)

A Passive U.S. Approach to the Next India-Pakistan Crisis?

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:10:59 +0000

Quote of the week: “Escalation is inherent in war both because the desire to win and the need not to lose.” – V.R. Raghavan, “Limited War and Escalation Control,” Nonproliferation Review, 2001. One common thread among the comings and goings of top national security advisers to President Trump is that none have much experience with …(image)

Steve Coll on the Afghan Quagmire

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:03:17 +0000

Quotes of the Week: “The events of September 11, 2001, taught us that weak states, like Afghanistan, can pose as great a danger to our national interests as strong states…The United States will stand beside any nation determined to build a better future by seeking the rewards of liberty for its people.” — George W. …(image)

Proliferation Optimism vs. Pessimism, Revisited

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:52:17 +0000

Quotes of the week: “When the hegemonic power that helped create the non-proliferation regime declines, so does the regime.” — T.V. Paul, Power vs. Prudence: Why Nations Forgo Nuclear Weapons (2000) “The cold truth is that the alternative to a U.S.-led international order is less international order.” — Richard Haass Optimistic and pessimistic arguments about …(image)

KCN-eh? March’s Other North Korean Developments

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:17:13 +0000

A Canadian reviews the last month’s North Korea news with two special guests, Jeffrey and Aaron. It’s a family pod! Andrea discusses the new UN Panel of Experts report on North Korea’s illicit arms dealing, whether the DPRK is helping reconstitute the Syrian chemical weapons program, and some long awaited discussions on Myanmar’s acquisition of …(image)

Russia’s Nuclear Powered Cruise Missile

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:23:19 +0000

From the moment that Russia unveiled its nuclear-powered cruise missile, I was referring people to my neighbor up in Santa Cruz, Gregg Herken. (West Coast, Best Coast!)  Gregg is one our finest historians of the Cold War and he just happened to have written wonderful little account of Project Pluto, America’s own effort at such a …(image)

John Bolton

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:09:13 +0000

Quotes of the week: “We have only two very unpleasant choices: either Iran gets nuclear weapons in the very near future, or pre-emptive military force, fully justified by well-established principles of self-defense, must break Iran’s control over the nuclear fuel cycle and prevent (or, at least, substantially delay) weaponization.” – John Bolton “It is perfectly …(image)

Russian Nuclear Doctrine and Escalation

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:06:28 +0000

What is Russia’s nuclear doctrine? Jeffrey talks to Dr. Olga Oliker about Russian nuclear doctrine and developments. Unfortunately, she speaks Russian, which turns out to he really inconvenient for a lot of people’s theories.  Jeffrey and Olga discuss whether escalate to deescalate is a thing and Putin’s awesome new menagerie of terror weapons.  Dr. Oliker’s hosts a podcast, …(image)

India-Pakistan Friction Heats Up

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:22:31 +0000

Quotes of the week: “For Pakistan, the present situation is favorable because at a very minimal cost, it is achieving good dividends in Kashmir. India is profusely bleeding both in terms of war casualties as well as losses of its material resources. It is very unlikely that India would continue to bear such a high …(image)