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Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:11:50 +0000


Elections, Fear of the Bomb, and the Great Unraveling

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:11:50 +0000

Thankfully, a dispiriting election season in the United States is almost over. France and Germany await their ordeals. Democracies have been battered by the Great Recession, triggered by the greed of financial institutions and abetted by weak governmental regulations. Fears of displacement and loss have been fueled by the influx of foreign workers and the …(image)

Pakistan’s Compulsion is Not a Choice

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:42:40 +0000

Note to readers: My recent essay, “Pakistan’s Choice,” met with mixed reviews, at best, from colleagues in Pakistan. I wrote about the growing distance between Pakistani security narratives and narratives that outsiders hold about Pakistan. Patching up relations won’t happen without personal and intellectual engagement. So I asked Adil Sultan to provide ACW readers with …(image)

On Fabius and the Iran Deal

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:23:04 +0000

Former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has written an article for The Washington Quarterly that dishes some of the dirt about negotiations leading up to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — better known as the Iran Deal. Jeffrey and Aaron discuss what the revelations mean for the past and present of the US-Iran …(image)

Pakistan’s Choice

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:20:50 +0000

Since testing nuclear weapons in 1998, Pakistan has lost while India has gained regional and international standing. Pakistan has also become less confident of its national security as the United States has gravitated toward India and as Pakistan’s own ties with states in the region have frayed. This wasn’t supposed to happen: Pakistan tested nuclear devices …(image)

The Well-Read Wonk on Democracy & the Bomb

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:18:08 +0000

Almost every contemporary issue having to do with nuclear weapons has been considered in earlier debates. Indeed, the earlier the better, since it’s easier for strategic analysts to be prescient when starting from scratch. Hence, my periodic encouragement to new readers of ACW to read the early work of Bernard Brodie, especially his thin edited …(image)

ICBM Basing Modes

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:57:53 +0000

There is a healthy debate about how much a new ICBM will cost the US Air Force.  One question is whether to base the new missile in silos or consider something more … exotic. Jeffrey and Aaron take a light-hearted look at basing modes discussed during 1980s when the American defense community last confronted this question. We argue about our favorite …(image)

Hilary and the LRSO

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:39:50 +0000

Leaked audio proves that Hilary Clinton revealed her secret plan to cancel the nuclear-armed cruise missile at a fundraiser in February.  Except it doesn’t. She has no idea what Andy Weber is talking about. Aaron and Jeffrey discuss.(image)

Indian Strategic Restraint, Revised

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:11:50 +0000

After the attack on an Indian military post at Uri, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a speech about strategic restraint, which I applauded in this space. But I also wrote, “This isn’t over – far from it.” I got that part right. Modi quickly pivoted and authorized “surgical strikes” across the Kashmir divide. India’s …(image)

The Donald, The Nuclear and No First Use

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 03:30:12 +0000

During the first Presidential debate, Donald Trump was asked about whether the United States should pledge not to be the first to use nuclear weapons.  Jeffrey and Aaron use Trump’s ramblings as guide to nuclear weapons declaratory policy.(image)

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)