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Jon Wolfsthal
Jon Wolfsthal is the Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies ( at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He served for three years as the special advisor to Vice President Joseph Biden for nuclear security and nonproliferation and as a director at the National Security Council. He is the co-author of Deadly Arsenals: Tracking Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Entries by Jon Wolfsthal

Russian Nuclear Violations, What to Do?

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:13 PM


The United States government has determined that Russia is in violation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) -- an agreement that prohibits both countries from having ground-based missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. This violation raises...

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The Iran Interim Nuclear Deal Is Three Months Old -- How Is It Going? What's Next?

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 1:17 PM

Iran's nuclear progress has been halted for three months, and Iran has received some limited relief from sanctions under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) agreed on November 24, 2013 and implemented on January 20, 2014. Three months after taking effect, all sides report that the agreement is being fairly...

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Nuclear Death, Warmed Over

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 4:03 PM


During the cold war, the United States built a large nuclear arsenal deployed on long-range land based missiles, submarines and strategic bombers. This "Triad" of nuclear systems was thought critical to our security and survival. Maintaining three different systems made it all but...

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Paka (So Long for Now) Arms Control

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Let me be clear. Negotiated nuclear arms control treaties are good for American security. They help provide certainty and transparency, and a legal framework for managing what can often be challenging and complex issues. A process where two countries have to agree on something that meets their mutual interest moderates...

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I Don't Think That Letter Means What You Think It Means

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Republicans Senators are upset that President Obama might eliminate nuclear weapons we no longer need for our security. And as we have seen in other areas, the president's political opponents are not going to let facts and history get in the way of a good argument.

In a major address...

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Game Changers in Syria?

(20) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 8:46 PM

There is increasing evidence that the release of chemical weapons has been detected in Syria. As a result, there are increasing calls in the United States for President Obama to make good on his statement that the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime is a red...

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Detection of North Korea Test Shows CTBT Can Be Verified

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:54 PM

One of the strongest concerns expressed by those who oppose American approval of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is that of verification. News on Tuesday that in addition to the 94 seismic sensors that detected the actual detonation on February 12 of an alleged North Korean nuclear weapon, the...

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Kissinger And Scowcroft Weigh In On Nuclear Reductions, Governor Romney Should Listen

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 6:41 PM

Between them, Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft have over 130 years of public and foreign policy experience. When they speak, even if you don't agree with them, they are worth reading. Most recently, they weigh in on the opinion pages of The Washington Post with advice for the...

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McCain's Nonproliferation Policy -- It's a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

(20) Comments | Posted May 27, 2008 | 1:02 PM

John McCain's speech on nuclear weapons seems to adopt the narrowest of lenses in dealing with nuclear weapons. Moreover, his proposals -- many of which might sound good -- don't match up with other things he has said on nuclear weapons, on Russia, on Iran and suggests he doesn't really...

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