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'Modernizing' the Opportunities for Nuclear War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world.

Are the U.S. and Russian Governments Once Again on the Nuclear Warpath?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

A quarter century after the end of the Cold War and decades after the signing of landmark nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements, are the U.S. and Russian governments once more engaged in a potentially disastrous nuclear arms race with one another?

Restoring America's Standing

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

In the introduction to her upcoming book, Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton writes about the challenges she faced as secretary of state -- starting with "the problems we inherited, including two wars and a global financial crisis."

Obama's Upside-Down Nuclear Weapons Policy

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

At the same time President Obama has been pressing for further reductions in U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, the National Nuclear Security Administration is planning to spend $60 billion over the next 25 years to replace existing nuclear weapons with a suite of new warheads.

Paka (So Long for Now) Arms Control

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Jon Wolfsthal

America's military and civilian leaders believe we have many more nuclear weapons than we need, regardless of Russia's arsenal. Why should we maintain an oversized force just because Russia's conventional forces are weaker than our own?

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

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Jon Wolfsthal

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.

Still Preparing for Nuclear War: The U.S. Government Continues the Policies of the Past

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The Pentagon, on behalf of President Barack Obama, released a report to Congress outlining what it called the U.S. government's "Nuclear Employment Strategy." Although the report indicated some minor alterations in U.S. policy, it exhibited far more continuity than change.

A Modest Proposal to House Republicans

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Dear House Republicans: In the heated debates over the federal deficit, you have said repeatedly that you want to cut it without raising taxes and, therefore, that you must reduce government spending. If that is the case, I have a suggestion for you: Why not start by cutting the nuclear weapons budget?

Is the Obama Administration Abandoning Its Commitment to a Nuclear-free World?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Has there been a change in Obama Administration policy over the past four years? There are certainly indications that this might be the case.

John Kerry Brings Passion to the State Department

Joel Rubin | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

John Kerry as secretary of state would help Obama lead -- as a powerful voice for America on the world stage, a visionary leader who understands how to deal with complex challenges and a staunch friend of close allies like Israel.

What Will Mitt Romney Say on His Trip Abroad?

Joel Rubin | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Romney, much like Obama had during his 2008 trip abroad, needs a message that clearly articulates what he stands for on foreign policy.

Andrea Stone

Nuclear Weapons Industry Spends Millions To Prevent Military Cuts | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nuclear weapons industry is erecting a missile shield of money to prevent federal government spending cuts worth billions of dollars...

Andrea Stone

Top General Calls For Deep Cuts In Nuclear Arsenal | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A blue ribbon commission headed by a former commander of U.S. nuclear forces Tuesday called for an end to "Cold War thinking" and a shar...

Lugar's Loss and Jesse's Ghost

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Laurenti

Democrats now think they can pick up Lugar's Indiana seat this fall. But even if they do, America is worse off for losing him.

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

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Jon Wolfsthal

He has already tried to channel an early version of Ronald Reagan by casting Russia as America's great enemy. Will he continue to maintain that Russia is America's "number one geopolitical foe" (they are not)?

Andrea Stone

Why Rural Senators Want A Big Nuclear Arsenal | Andrea Stone | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- North Korea's failed rocket launch and new arms talks with Iran have thrust the issue of nuclear proliferation back into the headlines. ...

President Obama Following Roosevelt's Lead on Foreign Policy

Steve Westly | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Steve Westly

Teddy Roosevelt once said: "Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft." President Obama has mastered that lesson and we are all safer for it.

U.S. Missile Defense Fantasy is Souring U.S.-Russian 'Reset'

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

In his widely praised April 2009 Prague speech, President Obama presented a farsighted goal to strengthen U.S. and global security by reducing nuclear arsenals around the world. But since then, his administration has undermined its efforts to meet that laudable objective.

Mitt Romney Recasts Himself as a Neocon

The Morningside Post | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
The Morningside Post

Any potential Romney administration would be heavy on defense spending, to the delight of neocons, but this would run counter to the current climate on Capitol Hill of cuts and more cuts.

Predator Syndrome

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The Republican-controlled House is hell-bent on crafting the perfect predator state, one that can wage war without the least need to entertain doubt or acknowledge conscience.

A Safe, Secure Nuclear Future

Steven Chu | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Steven Chu

Looking ahead, the U.S. and Russia have the opportunity to share our experience and work with other countries to promote nuclear security and to combat terrorism.

Post-Bin Laden, It's Time to End the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism for Good

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The use of nuclear weapons in any part of the world would affect every living creature. Their use is simply unthinkable. Yet the United States and Russia maintain thousands on hair trigger alert. And terrorists actively seek their use.

The Other Nuclear Threat

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

Though a meltdown at a nuclear power plant would be disastrous, an even more urgent threat is posed by the possibility of a nuclear weapon or weapon-making material falling into the hands of terrorists.

Reagan the Abolitionist

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

One of Ronald Reagan's most powerful and living legacies was his dream of a world free of nuclear weapons. It is worth remembering this upcoming sixth of February, the centennial of his birth.

It's Still the Same Old Story -- From Guns to Nukes

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The firearm homicide rate in the United States is 19.5 times higher than in the other countries. While this death toll is bad enough, the same dynamics operate in international relations.