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The Security Council and the Test Ban

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:56:31 +0000

Jeffrey and Aaron take to the podcast to discuss UN Security Council Resolution 2310, which calls for an end to nuclear testing and the entry-into-force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. We chat about the origin of the proposal to pass a UNSCR against nuclear testing, the politics of the damn thing, and “World’s Greatest …(image)

Nuclear Claims at the First Debate

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:08:25 +0000

Nuclear weapons were on the agenda in last night’s debate. So, in the spirit of public service, Lauren Sukin and Selim Sazak take the liberty of fact-checking and analyzing both candidates in regards to nuclear policy in a guest post. On The Threat Nuclear Weapons Pose Hillary Clinton: The number one threat we face in …(image)

Modi Chooses Strategic Restraint

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:58:26 +0000

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, like his two predecessors, has opted for restraint in the face of provocations by violent extremist groups that have found safe havens within Pakistan. Modi publicly announced – at a political conclave, no less — that the attack on a military encampment at Uri, resulting in 18 Indian fatalities along with …(image)

Dudes from the SHIG II: Electric Boogaloo

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:26:47 +0000

Jeffrey and Aaron discuss North Korea’s test of new rocket engine. In January 2016, the US Treasry Department sanctioned several Iranian individuals associated with Iran’s Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG) for helping North Korea develop this engine — the infamous “Dudes from the SHIG.” Feel free to comment on this one. We’ve noticed a lot …(image)

Barry’s Legacy and the Bomb

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:22:34 +0000

Like every other two term President, Barack Obama has turned attention in the final months has turned to his legacy, and what he might do on nuclear weapons policy. Aaron and Jeffrey recorded a new podcast to discuss the reports that Obama considered and rejected no first use, and what he might do as his …(image)

The Waiting Game on the Subcontinent

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:18:52 +0000

The attack on an Indian military encampment at Uri, most probably from well-armed, well-trained cadres of a “proscribed” group based on the Pakistan side of the Kashmir divide, is the costliest since the 2008 Mumbai attacks. This attack was preceded by smaller-scale forays against Indian military targets. It comes at a time when Kashmiri Muslims …(image)

The Range of North Korean ICBMs

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 02:39:42 +0000

If there’s one thing in the public discussion of proliferation that troubles me the most, it might be this: the systematic minimization of North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities in the American news media. Someone could write a book on this phenomenon and its causes, but life is short. Let’s just focus on just one …(image)

Another North Korean Nuclear Test

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:17:43 +0000

North Korea conducted yet another nuclear test. On a school night. New podcast. Aaron and Jeffrey discuss North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, what it is like to write three articles in three days, and how quickly a toddler can decorate a television in lotion. With production assistance by new super-producer Scott Lafoy. North Korea’s Nuke …(image)

2016 Open Ended Working Group: Towards 2017 Nuclear Weapon Ban Negotiations?

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:37:27 +0000

The following is a guest post by Jenny Nielsen from the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation. Three sessions of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations plenary meetings were held at the UN in Geneva in February, May and August 2016. The OEWG, established through a Dec 2015 UNGA resolution, was tasked …(image)

Senator Rubio and Kim Jong Un Weigh In on the CTBT

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:01:30 +0000

In rapid succession, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee convened its first Hearing on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty in seventeen years, and Senator Marco Rubio and 32 Republican colleagues made public a letter to President Barack Obama opposing the administration’s UN Security Council resolution and a companion P-5 statement reaffirming the CTBT. Senator Rubio & Co. …(image)