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Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:24:13 +0000


The Donald and the Nuclear V: The Senate Strikes Back

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:24:13 +0000

“Liddle Bob Corker” and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the President’s authority to use nuclear weapons. A bipartisan panel testified that “it’s fine.” But is it? Aaron and Jeffrey discuss Trump, the bomb, and President’s War Powers.   Links of Note: C-SPAN video of the entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing …(image)

Rule of Thumb: Don’t Start a War If You Don’t Know Where to Bury the Dead

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:19:57 +0000

Quote of the week: “We can contribute much to the peace of the world by stating… in a declaration, either by Congress or by the President that the U.S. will never be the first to use the hydrogen bomb, that we would employ the weapon only if it were used against us or one of …(image)

Brazil’s Nuclear Program: Perceptions and Realities

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:41:25 +0000

Update: Here’s the video of the entire event. The peer-reviewed journal that I edit, the Nonproliferation Review, recently featured a hefty special section on Brazil’s nuclear program, written primarily by Brazilian scholars and former officials. Why is this subject important, you might ask, since Brazil has no nuclear weapons? Notwithstanding the bragging of disgraced nuclear executive Othon Luiz …(image)

Missiles over the Middle East

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:16:01 +0000

Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, recently stated that Iran has no need to extend the range of its missiles beyond 2,000 km. With debates about Iran’s missile program affecting the debate about the Iran nuclear deal, Aaron and Jeffrey take a survey of regional missile proliferation from Egypt to …(image)

South Korea’s Missile Arsenal Expands

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:16:15 +0000

The US and South Korea agreed to revise the missile guidelines that have limited South Korea’s missile programs since the 1970s. Aaron and Jeffrey discuss the origin of those limits, their evolution, and the impact of missile proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.   Links of Note: Arms Control Wonk article about South Korea’s Anheung Proving …(image)

Explaining What I Do for a Living

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:13:45 +0000

Quote of the week: “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” —Pablo Picasso Less is more. Clarity and brevity rule. Except when it comes to explaining what I do for a living. Having a job description that fits neatly on a visa application? Not in this lifetime. I’ve always needed paragraphs to explain …(image)

KCN-eh? September’s Other North Korean Developments

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:49:00 +0000

A Canadian reviews the month’s North Korea news with a special guest. For September, Andrea talks to Alison Evans — deputy head of Asia-Pacific country risk at IHS Markit. They revisit UN General Assembly drama, developments in alliance politics, and North Korea’s stunning victory at Disney puns.  (image)

Our Source was the New York Times

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:21:15 +0000

The New York Times has a splashy interactive editorial, “Trump’s Nuclear Arsenal.” It’s good, but gets a few things wrong — things that matter like Mutual Assured Destruction, Robert McNamara’s famous thought experiment on sizing US nuclear forces, and how the US targets nuclear weapons. Also, they misuse decimate. Aaron and Jeffrey talk through the problems with …(image)

Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Demanding Strengthened Inspections in Iran

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:46:05 +0000

Quote of the week: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” —Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (1865) We are now in a sixty-day period in which the Congress can propose strengthening measures for the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – in …(image)

97% Invincible

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:11:49 +0000

President Trump said each of the missile defense interceptors at the Ground-based Midcourse Defense site in Alaska has a 97% chance of shooting down a North Korean missile and that two would have a 100% chance. Statistics don’t work like that, at least that’s not how it was taught where Jeffrey and Aaron went to school. We …(image)