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Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:42:05 +0000


U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Duplicity, Betrayal, or National Interests?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:40:52 +0000

Quote of the week: “I heard the president [Reagan] ask Zia how he would handle the fact that they would be violating their agreement [to ‘prevent within its territory the training, equipping, financing and recruiting of mercenaries from whatever origin for the purpose of hostile activities’ against Afghanistan]. Zia replied that they would ‘just lie …(image)

Moon’s Phase-Out: What does it imply?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:49:17 +0000

Moon Jae-in, the newly-elected President of the Republic of Korea, has vowed to wind down Korea’s nuclear power program. Because Korea steadily built up its nuclear industry for four decades, has 25 power reactors generating nearly a third of its electricity, and is now exporting modern nuclear power plants, Moon’s statements about nuclear energy have …(image)

Sechser & Fuhrmann: Deterrence Yes; Coercion No.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:43:23 +0000

Quote of the week: “How can we suppose that something so monstrously powerful would not, after forty years, compose our identity? The great golem we have made against our enemies is our culture, our bomb culture—its logic, its faith, its vision. … Is it possible that the bomb, in its inventions and reinventions, is not …(image)

U.S. Leadership on the Rocks

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 19:26:51 +0000

Quote of the week: “He was born with a roaring voice, and it had the trick of inflaming half-wits. His whole career was devoted to raising these half-wits against their betters, that he himself might shine… What animated him from end to end of his grotesque career was simply ambition – the ambition of a …(image)

TELs and MELs and TEs! Oh my!

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:28:04 +0000

A couple weeks back North Korea unveiled its Hwasong-12 missile.  The big hulking vehicle used for the test launch was not a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL), but rather just a Transporter-Erector (TE)! A TE (or T/E) is neither a TEL nor a MEL. And since we’re big on the rectification of names here at Arms Control Wonk, it seems like a good …(image)

Disarmament Diplomacy and the Ban Treaty

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:28:59 +0000

Quote of the week: “Our world will be a safer and healthier place when we can admit that every time we make an atomic bomb we corrupt the morals of a host of innocent neutrons below the age of consent.” —W.H. Auden The drafting of a Ban (or Prohibition) Treaty, which resumes in June, is …(image)

Brixey-Williams on the legal implications of the nuclear ban

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:57:27 +0000

This is a guest post by BASIC Project Leader Sebastian Brixey-Williams. The legal implications of the nuclear ban: separating fact from fiction   The nuclear ban treaty’s draft text is out, and the arms control community is beavering away trying to understand what it all means. I observed the first round of UN negotiations in March, …(image)

On guard: North Korean private security and the UN

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:53:52 +0000

Malaysian-North Korean relations have been imploding since the assassination of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur Airport, and the subsequent revelations that North Korea has been doing a whole lot of other shady things on Malaysian soil. If you haven’t already, read my colleague Dan Salisbury’s post about possible North Korean-Malaysian submarine building. Some of …(image)

The 1st Nuclear Ban Draft is Out

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:56:33 +0000

Long time reader, first time Wonker.  My thanks to the Wonk-Supreme for allowing me to contribute. The president of the negotiations for a nuclear weapons ban convention has just released her first draft of the proposed treaty. As will become readily apparent, I am not an expert on international law, but I am a keenly-interested …(image)

What’s the Objective in a Nuclear War?

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:14:54 +0000

Quote 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 In an influential article, “Atoms, Strategy and Policy,” published in the January 1956 issue …(image)