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Nuclear Nonproliferation

Time to Change Ronald Reagan's 'Trust, But Verify' to 'Verify, But Trust'?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Has the time come to reverse Reagan's saying and declare "Verify, but trust"? Even David Kay, who led inspections in Iraq, believes that for a weapons-inspection program to work, "a prerequisite is trust."

We Each Have a Nuclear Story of Our Own

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

If telling our nuclear stories contributes to committing the world to disarmament, it will embolden us. In turn, we can replicate that success in realms where we're now mired in impotence.

Another Nuclear-Weapons Commission? Wait, This One's the Bomb!

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

To those of us who'd like to see a shortened route to disarmament, the mother of all nuclear weapons reports disappoint. On the other hand, it's awash in keen observations. I'll highlight some of those here.

Deterrence and Disarmament: Are They Both Magical Thinking?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The argument of nuclear optimists is that nuclear weapons may have ended great-power wars of conquest. In turn, a nuclear "pessimist" might ask: How can the death of 10 million possibly be spun as a national-security success?

Sanctioning Iran: Target Khameini, Return Assets to the People

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

Congress's idea of sanctions is sure to spread pain and suffering far and wide across Iran.

Will Obama Sell Out Disarmament Like He Did Bank Reform and Health Care?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

What's to keep the START treaty from winding up as watered down as President Obama's feeble attempts at bank and health care reform?

Alienating Aliens: Do Nukes Make Them Go Ballistic?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Russ Wellen

If extraterrestrials are darting about our atmosphere, it's a safe bet that they can't be happy about past tests of nuclear detonations and the prospect of their use in warfare.

Bibi Goes to Washington: How About a Nuclear Free Middle East?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It might be the case that Netanyahu has far more friends in Washington than does the president.