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Low Yield Nuclear Weapons (Again)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:33:42 +0000

Quote of the week: “The pattern of the use of atomic weapons was set at Hiroshima. They are weapons of aggression, of surprise, and of terror.” — Bernard Brodie, The Absolute Weapon John Donnelly of CQ Roll Call was the first to write about a Defense Science Board report issued last December, “Seven Defense Priorities …(image)

Guest Post: Connecting the OSINT dots on Sri Lankan-North Korean military deals

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:48:37 +0000

My wonderful colleague Andrea Berger unearthed a few nuggets on the Sri Lankan-North Korean military relationship and has written up a fascinating little piece to share with us. The UN Panel of Experts working on North Korea sanctions implementation published its latest report last week which is, as usual, a treasure trove of details for …(image)

U.S.-Pakistan Relations and the Big Stick

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:39:42 +0000

Quote of the week: “The great American pastime is no longer baseball. Now it’s sanctimony.” – Nathan Hill, The Nix Does it make sense for the Trump Administration and the Congress to try to bludgeon Pakistan into doing Washington’s bidding, including the threat of labeling Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism? I don’t think so, but …(image)

The Long Demise of the German H-List

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:06:50 +0000

At a meeting in Berlin today I was privy to an update, from someone who really knows this stuff, on the European Union’s efforts to amend its dual-use export control regime. The key document is called Regulation 428/2009 and the review of it, which is mandated by its Article 25, turns out to be a …(image)

Responding to the INF Treaty Violation

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 18:11:02 +0000

Quote of the Week: “I don’t think even the surreptitious and very disagreeable deployment of a hundred SS-20s would have a very significant military effect. I think the SS-20s, in my judgment, in fact, is not a terribly useful military weapon. I think it would have far-reaching political effects… But almost any kind of violation …(image)

Reasons for the Great Unraveling of the Arms Control Enterprise

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:44:32 +0000

New Feature: Quote of the week “The demagogue, though he professes (and fails) to readjust matters in the interests of the majority of the electors, yet stereotypes mediocrity, organizes intolerance, disparages exhibitions of uncommon qualities, and glorifies conspicuous exhibitions of common ones. He manages a small job well: he muddles rhetorically though a large one.” …(image)

A World Preparing for Wars

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:19:36 +0000

William Bullitt accompanied President Woodrow Wilson and Colonel Edward House to Paris to negotiate an ambitious peace treaty after the carnage of World War I. Reflecting on the handiwork of vengeful allies in the Versailles Treaty, Bullitt prophetically declared, “This isn’t a treaty of peace… I can see at least eleven wars in it.” The …(image)

Rethinking China’s Fast Reactor

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:43:20 +0000

At the beginning of 2017 a little more information percolated to the outside world concerning the hazy official particulars of China’s aspirations to “close the nuclear fuel cycle” by deploying fast breeder reactors and reprocessing plants. What’s coming across adds to other information suggesting that this program for some time has been subject to an …(image)

Tear-Down Mode

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:56:56 +0000

Republican insurgents in the Congress are now in full tear-down mode, aiming their wrecking balls at what’s left of seven decades of bipartisan achievement to reduce nuclear dangers and nuclear arsenals. The disruptors are now ascendant in Washington, with the Disruptor-in-Chief setting the tone from the Oval Office. He busies himself dissing allies, tweeting out …(image)

A Simple, Unthreatening Way to Shore Up NATO

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 01:53:09 +0000

Secretary of Defense James Mattis travelled to Asia to calm nerves in Tokyo and Seoul. America’s Asian allies have been unnerved by President Donald Trump’s dismissive rhetoric about alliances based on cost/benefit grounds, and his decision to dump the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. America’s European allies are also deeply unsettled by Trump’s bad-mouthing of NATO …(image)