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Nuclear Proliferation

Time for U.S. To Retire Outdated Alliance with ROK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 09.09.2015 | 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 07.30.2015 | 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 07.20.2015 | 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.

'On the Beach': On the Brink, the Fallout From a Permissive Nuke Deal With Iran

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Joseph Cooper

With disbelief and faint hope she goes on to ask, "Why must it come to us? Can't anything be done to stop it?"

Reviving the Iran-North Korea Axis

John Feffer | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

Because much of the cooperation between Iran and North Korea is shrouded in mystery, their relationship is ripe for exploitation, particularly by those who are eager to find a hammer to destroy the impending nuclear agreement with Iran. But if this is the only implement that critics can find to inflict damage, they're scraping the bottom of their toolbox of destruction.

Saudi Arabia's Nuclear Threats Are Bluster

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

The United States should begin exploring a more productive strategy for reassuring both Saudi Arabia and Iran without making concessions to either one.

45 Years and Waiting

Helen Young | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Helen Young

Over the next few weeks at the United Nations the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference will be in session, and the central question is will it go down in history as another lost opportunity or the dramatic turning point that millions of people around the world are hoping for?

Cooperation on Curbing Nukes and Climate Change Strengthens U.S.-China Link

Wu Jianmin | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Wu Jianmin

BEIJING -- The fact that China and the U.S. have agreed to pursue the goal of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula has kept the issue from getting out of control. The year 1950 witnessed violent confrontation between China and U.S. in the Korean theater, but 2015 is a long way from 1950. China-U.S. cooperation has been a significant factor in keeping the lid on this conflict.

Making a Nuclear Deal With Iran Stick

Charles Knight | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Charles Knight

The U.S. needs to use the next 10 years to build assurance of peaceful relations with Iran. Furthermore, the U.S. must work diligently in support of the normalization of Iran's relations globally and, especially, in the region.

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.

GOP Becomes 'The Peace Wrecking Crew'

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 05.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

The Republican Senators, by sending this letter, have shown a marked preference not only for military confrontation, but military confrontation with the risk of gravely accelerating the nuclear arms race. It imperils a whole region in the Middle East already reeling from violent extremism.

David Freeman

If You Think The Threat Of Nuclear War Went Away, Listen Up | David Freeman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Science

Almost a quarter of a century has passed since the end of the Cold War, and these days people who worry about the end of the world as we know it seem ...

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?

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 07.10.2015 | 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.