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Nuclear Proliferation

Confronting North Korea: Friendly Proliferation May Be Safer for America than Holding a Nuclear Umbrella

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.21.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Looking to its legacy, the Obama administration may declare no first use of nuclear weapons. Some Asia specialists concerned about North Korea argue a...

Ask Trump About Nuclear Weapons In The Debate Before It's Too Late

Joel Rubin | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Joel Rubin

The moderators at the next presidential debate must therefore put these issues front and center. We need a Commander in Chief who not only has the temperament to handle the challenges of the nuclear arsenal, but also one who understands what it's all about.

A Dozen Lessons We Should Take From North Korea's Latest Nuclear Test

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.03.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

It had been at least a few days since North Korea did anything terribly provocative. So another disruptive event was long overdue. Pyongyang then conducted its fifth nuclear test. And, as always, the "international community" was shocked and appalled.

Cutting the Gordian knot of North Korea's nuclear adventurism

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.11.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The Constitution's foreign policy of invincible self-defense (with no "indispensable nation" braggadocio) should inform our strategy to cut the Gordia...

Trump As 'Bull' In The American Foreign Policy 'China Shop'

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Though "Make America Great Again" sounds good, it would be a more credible slogan from someone who showed a greater understanding of what has made America a great world power to begin with.

Sanctions Against North Korea Hurt the People Rather Than the Government

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

North Korea has completed its first Korean Workers' Party congress in 36 years. The ruling elite appeared to be getting along fine despite international sanctions. Washington needs to find a new approach toward the North.

Advance Human Rights in North Korea by Confronting Security Challenges

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.06.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Unfortunately, the U.S. government has no ability to protect North Koreans from their own government. Bomb Pyongyang? Tighten sanctions? Push Beijing to end support for North Korea? If such steps don't work for nukes, they won't work for human rights.

Two Big Reasons Not to Vote for Trump

William Astore | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Nuclear proliferation and global warming are two big issues that Donald Trump is wrong about. They're also the two biggest threats to our planet.

Weekend Roundup: The 'Apology' That Matters Is to Never Again Use Nuclear Weapons

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.27.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, incinerated and vaporized by American nuclear bombs 71 years ago. For the U.S., as with Japan's own wartime atrocities that still deeply rankle the emotions of its Asian neighbors, the profound apology that matters is not about the past but the future. It is about taking convincing actions today that ensure what happened in the past never happens again. That future-oriented apology remains lacking all around. (continued)

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.03.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week the nation got to experience March Madness a few days early with Donald Trump's back-to-back town halls. On Tuesday, Trump said he supports nuclear non-proliferation but also suggested that South Korea and Japan get nuclear weapons of their own (the latter has a pretty good rationale for being nuclear-free). The next night, when asked if women who have abortions should be punished, he replied, "there has to be some form of punishment." And no, this wasn't an early April Fool's joke. He walked back the statement the next day, but perhaps this is the reason why three-quarters of women view him unfavorably. But as extreme as the statement was, it's worth noting that mainstream Republican policy has been punishing women seeking abortions for years at the state level - putting up unnecessary roadblocks, mandating outdated procedures and making life as miserable as possible for vulnerable women. Madness indeed.

Spring Fever: Nuclear Energy Madness

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.27.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

How do these events inform us about the future of nuclear power, or its place in addressing climate change? One view is that nuclear power is safe and cost-effective, with long periods of stability and reliability interrupted infrequently by accidents. The other view is that power from the atom is unsafe and costly, with catastrophic accidents separated by periods of stability leading to a false sense of security.

Maybe South Korea Needs Its Own Nuclear Weapon

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Four decades ago South Korea's President Park Chung-hee, father of the current president, launched a quest for nuclear weapons. Washington, the South's military protector, applied substantial pressure to kill the program. Today it looks like Park might have been right.

No to Obama's Nuclear Cruise Missile, Yes to Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
William Lambers

Do we really want to risk Cold War reruns? We should be advancing forward to an age of no nukes. We especially need nuclear cooperation with China if we want to influence their neighbor, North Korea, to abandon its arsenal.

The Other Bomb: Pakistan's Dangerous Nuclear Strategy

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

Successful test of the Hatf-5B Pakistan ballistic missile In recent years the concern over nuclear proliferation has centered on Iran's ongoing effor...

The Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe Is Greater Today Than During the Cold War

William J.Perry | Posted 01.20.2016 | World
William J.Perry

I believe that we are now on the verge of a new nuclear arms race, and that we are drifting back to a Cold War mentality.

Post Sanctions Iran: Now What?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

If Iran truly was close to announcing the acquisition of nuclear weapons, then the agreement will defer the development and deployment of such weapons, assuming that Iran does not cheat on the agreement, for at least another decade.

Why North Korea's Nuclear Test Is Not All Bad News for China

Euan Graham | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Euan Graham

North Korea is the one regional security issue where Washington consistently courts greater Chinese assertiveness.

What Can Possibly Be Done About North Korea?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The United Nations Security Council called an emergency meeting on the North Korea less than 24 hours after the test occurred in what can only be described as the same, never-ending story of attack, counterattack.

The ISIS Wars 2014-2047: The Persian Bomb

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 12.05.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

While the plot line is purely fictional, the technology described, its capabilities, and the consequences of its deployment are all very real.

The Hypersonic Arms Race Is Going Nuclear -- Take Note

Yousaf Butt | Posted 12.04.2015 | World
Yousaf Butt

A new type of high-speed arms race is heating up between the U.S., Russia and China -- and it's threatening to go nuclear. Washington had always intended the new "hypersonic boost-glide" weapons to remain purely conventional, but Russia and China seem to be pursuing nuclear variants. If the hypersonic arms race heads in a nuclear direction, Washington may be pressured to follow.

Time for U.S. To Retire Outdated Alliance with ROK

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

America is not at risk from North Korea or even the other Asian powers Snyder cites. Washington does not need the alliance with Seoul to deter Pyongyang. Like most of America's alliances, the U.S.-ROK treaty is entirely one-sided.

Finish What Ike and JFK Started: Ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
William Lambers

We shouldn't go on reliving the Cold War chapter of nuclear tests. Instead, let's finish what Ike and JFK started by ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

The Cuban Missile Crisis Explains Why Iran Won't Go to War With Israel

Harvey Simon | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Harvey Simon

Before advocating war with Iran to keep it from getting nuclear weapons, proliferation opponents have a responsibility to explain why these risks cannot be mitigated and defend their assumption that deterrence does not apply in the Middle East.

Hiroshima: The Sickness of Nuclear Proliferation

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.29.2016 | Books
Joseph Cooper

It was seventy years ago that human beings were first targeted with -- and annihilated by -- an atomic bomb.

Obama Bravely Ignores the Warmongers with Iran Deal -- Surely, His Finest Moment

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

Most Americans struggle to recognize or understand their country's permanent security state, in which elected politicians seem to run the show, but the CIA and the Pentagon often take the lead -- a state that inherently gravitates toward military, rather than diplomatic, solutions to foreign-policy challenges. Viewed through the lens of history, the main job of U.S. presidents is to be mature and wise enough to stand up to the permanent war machine.