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The Bombing of Osirak: Lessons From the 30th Anniversary of Israel's Strike on Iraq's Nuclear Reactor

Posted June 7, 2011 | 14:05:42 (EST)

Thirty years ago today, eight F16-A aircraft armed with sixteen Mark 84 2000-pound bombs took off from their base in Etzion, Israel on a mission that established a new post-World War II standard to halt the spread of atomic weapons with armed force. The target: the French designed nuclear reactor...

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New Peaceful Nuclear Technology and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation -- the Laser Enrichment Challenge

Posted March 3, 2011 | 13:50:40 (EST)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has before it a Petition for Rulemaking submitted by the American Physical Society (APS) -- the country's leading professional organization of physicists -- that calls upon the nuclear watchdog to require a "nuclear nonproliferation assessment" in applications to license new enrichment and reprocessing facilities. The petition...

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New START and the Lingering Nuclear Cold War

Posted December 20, 2010 | 12:13:20 (EST)

As the Senate attempts to wrap its lame duck session with the New START finale, lost in the back and forth over ratification lies one question that few senators appear willing to ask: Why, now twenty years after the Cold War, do Moscow and Washington find it acceptable to retain...

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Syria's Challenge to Nuclear Proliferation and What IAEA Could Do

Posted September 13, 2010 | 16:12:04 (EST)

"Syria has not cooperated with the Agency since June 2008 in connection with the unresolved issues related to the Dair Alzour site and the other three locations allegedly functionally related to it. As a consequence, the Agency has not been able to make progress towards resolving the outstanding issues related...
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Is Iran's Bushehr Reactor a Weapons Generator, a Hostage, Just Another Power Plant -- or All Three?

Posted August 20, 2010 | 13:47:56 (EST)

The commencement of operations at Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor this weekend marks a culmination of the country's long saga to acquire atomic energy. The 1,000 Mwe plant will be the sole nuclear power station in the Middle East. On its face the installation does not pose proliferation risks. It is...

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Sri Lanka's Civil War Legacy One Year Later

Posted May 18, 2010 | 14:30:01 (EST)

Civil wars are particularly nasty affairs pitting neighbor again neighbor. Let bygones be bygones would certainly be a better approach. But when ethnic groups, like a a badly matched couple, can't get along, when anger mounts, when violence erupts, divorce is the better course. Whatever the outcome, the results can...

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Prospects for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Review Conference

Posted April 30, 2010 | 16:23:57 (EST)

Spring 2010 has offered a bounty of arms control. First came the new START treaty that promises to reduce Russian-American deployed nuclear arsenals. Then the Washington D.C. nuclear terrorism summit garnered the consensus of nearly 50 leaders to expedite efforts to reduce the vulnerability of nuclear materials to terrorist diversion....

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Does Obama's Nuclear Deal Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War?

Posted April 7, 2010 | 13:14:45 (EST)

After a yearlong negotiation, this week President Obama's first foray into nuclear disarmament will consummate in the signing of a new treaty that will reduce the deployed strategic arsenals of Russia and the United States from roughly 2000 to 1500. The accord marks a down payment on the president's ambition...

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The NPT at 40: Can We Salvage the Nonproliferation Treaty for the Next Forty Years?

Posted March 24, 2010 | 14:23:38 (EST)

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the global linchpin to halt the spread of nuclear weapons, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. With just four nuclear states outside the NPT -- India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea -- the agreement's near universal appeal belies a disturbing...

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The Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan Through CIA Eyes: Lessons for the United States Today

Posted November 24, 2009 | 11:50:53 (EST)

As President Obama grapples with sending additional forces to Afghanistan he would do well to ponder the last time a superpower confronted the decision and how U.S. intelligence evaluated the odds of success. That country, of course, was the Soviet Union that found itself in a decade-long quagmire following its...

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Afghanistan and Historical Watersheds

Posted October 26, 2009 | 12:53:13 (EST)

As Washington plots its course for Afghanistan, it would do well to test alternatives against America's 20th-century chronicle of victories, defeats, stalemates and what-ifs. The record suggests that should a U.S. retreat produce a "negative watershed" materially advancing messianic totalitarianism, Washington must invest far more resources to defeat the insurgency....

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The Soviet Union's First Nuclear Detonation, 60 Years Later

Posted August 27, 2009 | 15:27:26 (EST)

This month marks the 60th anniversary of Moscow's entry into the nuclear club. At first blush a historic footnote, the roots of the Soviet achievement demand far more attention because they explain why President Obama will find it so difficult to fulfill his vaunted nuclear disarmament agenda any time soon....

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