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Nuclear Arms Control

An Urgent History Lesson on Diplomacy with Russia

Renee Parsons | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics
Renee Parsons

As prospects for peace appear dim in places like the Ukraine, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan and now with a renewed bombing of Libya, the Presiden...

'Modernizing' the Opportunities for Nuclear War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.18.2016 | 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.

After the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Will the Nuclear Powers Also Play by the Rules?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
Lawrence Wittner

When all is said and done, what the recently-approved Iran nuclear agreement is all about is ensuring that Iran honors its commitment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) not to develop nuclear weapons.

As Iran Deal Moves Forward, Nuclear Diplomacy With China Falters

Gregory Kulacki | Posted 09.18.2016 | Politics
Gregory Kulacki

Xi's interest in placing China's nuclear weapons on a higher state of alert could create a new nuclear danger; the potential for an accidental or mistaken Chinese launch.

Are Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament Agreements of Any Value?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The recent announcement of a nuclear deal between the governments of Iran and other major nations, including the United States, naturally draws our attention to the history of international nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements.

Political Slugfest on Suggestion the White House May Take an Iran Deal to the UN

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

Reports emerged in the American media Thursday that President Obama may propose a resolution to the UN Security Council calling for the lifting of international sanctions on Iran, if an agreement is reached by the "P5+1" negotiating team over the country's nuclear program.

Kerry Urges Senate to End Nuclear Weapons Testing

William Lambers | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

The U.S. and all nations really have an interest in reducing and ultimately eliminating nuclear weapons. They are expensive armaments which drain resources from society. The more you spend on weapons the less you can apply to other objectives.

Senate Needs to Ratify Nuke Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

The United States simply cannot return to the Cold War days of nuclear tests. We have not carried out any tests since 1992. We need to keep it that way. The alternative is downright scary.

Richard Falk and David Krieger's 'The Path to Zero'

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

Faced with the disastrous indifference of national governments to the fate of the earth, the people of the world would do well to study The Path to Zero, an extended conversation on the nuclear dilemma by two of its most brilliant analysts.

Misattribution and Exaggeration Mar Reporting on Chinese Missile Test

Gregory Kulacki | Posted 10.29.2012 | World
Gregory Kulacki

Reliable information on China's nuclear arsenal is very difficult to find. Perhaps this is why many U.S. analysts and reporters seize upon any information that seems to provide some insight into China's program. In the rush to publish something new, they often lose important details and caveats.

Try a Little Nuclear Sanity

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The real nuclear threat to the United States does not lie in the fact that it does not (or will not) possess enough nuclear weapons to deter a nuclear attack. Rather, it is that there is no guarantee that nuclear deterrence works.

Don't Like Nuclear Proliferation? Ban the Bomb.

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The campaign to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear arms brings to mind a doctor who focuses on the symptoms while overlooking the disease. If Tehran is indeed building the bomb, it quest is a particular manifestation of a larger problem: nuclear proliferation.

25 Years After Reykjavik: What We Now Know

Jason Saltoun-Ebin | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
Jason Saltoun-Ebin

Fearing that arms control negotiations would continue to no avail, Gorbachev made an informal proposal in September 1986 for a quick two-day meeting in Reykjavik.

Will Senate Republicans Produce Another International Disaster?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

An important explanation for GOP opposition to the New START is that its implementation would be popular and, therefore, redound to Obama's political benefit.

A Way Forward for Nuclear Arms Control

Jonathan Pearl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Pearl

Even if New START is ratified before the Democrats' Senate majority significantly shrinks, it will not help advance nonproliferation advocates' long-term goals unless a lost consensus on arms control fundamentals is rebuilt first.

Iran's leader calls Russia an American stooge

Simon Shuster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Simon Shuster

On Friday, Russia drew the kind of fire from the Iranian President that he usually reserves for the worst of the kafirs in the United States. As repor...

Don't Let Iran Hijack the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

Daniel Michaeli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Michaeli

Engaging China on issues like Iran's nuclear program and North Korea's sinking of a South Korean navy ship this year ought not come at the expense of long-term bilateral priorities.