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Nuclear Proliferation

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

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.27.2015 | 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?

Keep the Islamic Republic of Iran on a Tight Leash

Jamsheed K. Choksy | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Jamsheed K. Choksy

The deadline to reach a deal curbing Iran's nuclear program is imminent. The world is waiting to see if Tehran will keep successfully kicking the can down the road to buy time as it hones atomic skills or if the U.S. can really rein in the ayatollahs' drive for nukes.

The Fatal Glass of Beer

Jonathan Richards | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


From Chaos, a New Security Order

Rhianna Tyson Kreger | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Rhianna Tyson Kreger

The ability to predict outcomes decreases as a system's complexity increases. If we have a gas in a container and remove 10 percent of its molecules, it is likely that we will observe little change: it will still remain gas in a container.

Godzilla Is Back -- and He's Got Something to Say

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.16.2014 | Entertainment
Joe Cirincione

Thank you, Mr. Edwards, for sending Godzilla to correct the balance. His monster accurately conveys the view held by many security experts today: Whatever value nuclear weapon may have had during the Cold War, they are now a major liability, not a security asset.

Nuclear Death, Warmed Over

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Jon Wolfsthal

The cold war is over is long gone, but the nuclear triad remains. And now, as the nuclear weapons built and deployed in the 1980s reach the end of their operational lives, the government is planning to not only maintain these weapons, but to build their replacements.

The Time to Attack Iran Could Be Over

Athar Mohiudin | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Athar Mohiudin

Chances of passage of any UNSC resolution for attack on Iran nuclear sites seem bleak. It's not so easy for Israel to attack Iranian sites either; otherwise, it would have done it a long time ago without taking care of any nation.

The Danger of Pressing Iran

Gabriel Lajeunesse | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Gabriel Lajeunesse

On Thursday, the White House released an expanded list of companies and individual persons subject to sanctions for assisting Iran's nuclear program. The rationale for such an approach is ostensibly to demonstrate our resolve.

Nelson Mandela and the Bomb

Vincent Intondi | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Vincent Intondi

Nelson Mandela was a man of many gifts. Perhaps the most powerful was his ability to speak truth to power. That is why he consistently spoke out against nuclear weapons. He saw no difference in fighting the bomb, colonialism, or racism.

The Real Reason Hawks Are Trying to Kill the Interim Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

Behind the façade of the Iran nuclear issue, what the hawks really fear is that a general rapprochement between the U.S. superpower and Iran, made possible by a nuclear deal, could lead to realignment in the Mideast region to the perceived detriment of Israel and Saudi Arabia, each of whose archenemy is Iran.

Iran's New President: Averting a Popular Revolt

James Dorsey | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Rouhani's landslide victory, his endorsement by reformist leaders barred from running, and the high voter turnout, all signaled the depth of discontent and desire for change among the majority of voters.

Nuclear Weapons Will Be Used

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

After the Soviet Union disappeared in 1991, nuclear weapons did, too -- without going away. The American and Russian arsenals, and the nuclear geography that underlay them, remained in place, just largely unremarked upon. In the meantime, the weaponry itself spread.

How to Stop Nuclear Proliferation

Melvin Goodman | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Melvin Goodman

In order to stop nuclear proliferation and reduce the risk of any use of nuclear weapons, the United States must examine its own nuclear inventory and find a way to reduce its nuclear forces.

The Boston Marathon Bombing as a Collective Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 06.19.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

A tragedy like this brings us face-to-face with our existential vulnerabilities -- vulnerabilities to harm, death, and loss -- and the existential vulnerability of all those we love and, perhaps worst of all, the limitedness or our ability to protect them.

Obama proposes shifting funds from nuclear nonproliferation to nuclear weapons

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Douglas Birch April 9, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, no...

Seoul in a State of War

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 06.09.2013 | World
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

South Korea is always in a state of war with its Northern neighbor. Today is no different from yesterday, last year, or even 10 years ago. Tomorrow, next week, next year will follow the same pattern.

Amid Nuclear Threats, UN Provides Platform to Advance U.S.-China Relations

Peter Yeo | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

In the wake of newly-passed UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea, Pyongyang has issued a new batch of heated rhetoric nearly every day. B...

Practical Proposals for a Real Change in North Korea

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Jonathan Granoff

Following the latest heightened, bellicose threats from North Korea, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a new round of sanctions, aimed primarily at starving their growing missile program. But increased sanctions are unlikely to create a positive change in North Korean conduct.

MOX Fuel, Plutonium Proliferation and the Russians

Renee Parsons | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Upon scrutiny, the MOX fuel option is an untested nuclear boondoggle with the potential for accomplishing the opposite of the agreement's stated goal: prohibiting the proliferation of weapons-grade plutonium.

Iran Reportedly Launches Monkey Into Space

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2013 | Science

DUBAI, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it had launched a live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile delivery systems that are alarming...

How to Make Iranian Sanctions More Effective: Lessons From Behavioral Economics

Hal E. Hershfield | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Hal E. Hershfield

If either candidate can propose ways to make economic sanctions feel less like a fee for doing business and more like an exacting punishment, there is hope for a policy that may yet induce Iran to change its nuclear behavior.

Ronald Reagan, Republicans, and Nuclear Weapons

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

Perhaps the most audacious whopper is that of many Republican candidates who claim the legacy of President Ronald Reagan and do not espouse his policies.

American President: Out on a Limb

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 09.28.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Assuming that things remain stable between now and the American presidential election (which it not certain, as there could be a wild-card action), and assuming Barack Obama is re-elected, which again is not certain, he will have to eat a certain amount of crow if he does not attack Iran.

Iran and the Bomb: What If Diplomacy Fails?

Tom Farer | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Tom Farer

Will this third assault on a Muslim nation within a dozen years strengthen the bin Laden narrative in which asymmetrical war against the West is a defensive response to unrelenting aggression?

PHOTOS: 8 Nuclear Test Sites To Visit

Posted 09.19.2012 | Travel

Kazakhstan may not have much of a reputation as a tourist destination, but with the removal this year of most the country's significant nuclear infras...