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Nuclear Proliferation

The Indispensable Choice: Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

Lawrence Bender | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Bender

Rather than retreating from the precipice of an avoidable disaster, almost all of the nine nuclear weapons countries are upgrading their nuclear arms, at an estimated total cost of one trillion dollars over the next decade.

Nuclear Lesson from Libya: Don't Be Like Qaddafi, Be Like Kim Jong Il

Tad Daley | Posted 12.21.2011 | World
Tad Daley

The single most important geopolitical consequence of NATO's air assault directed at overthrowing the Libyan regime will be the irresistible incentive it provides for many other states to seek (or retain) nuclear deterrents of their own.

Rethinking U.S. Policy Toward Iran

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.23.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Ahmadinejad's diminishing political fortunes poses a dilemma for the U.S. on the seriousness of any deal the Iranian president proposes on the country's controversial nuclear program.

Keeping Nuclear Terrorism a Threat Only in Theory

Mark Fitzpatrick | Posted 11.11.2011 | World
Mark Fitzpatrick

As the world mourns September 11, some solace might be found in noting that the events that day are still the world's most deadly terrorist attack to date. Osama bin Laden did not fulfill his self-professed religious obligation to obtain nuclear weapons.

Improving Nuclear Confidence Between India and Pakistan

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 10.02.2011 | World
Rizwan Ladha

The largely positive meeting between Pakistan and India's foreign ministers last week marks an uptick in bilateral relations, but the two countries still have a long way to go.

Saudi Arabia Will Build Nukes If Iran Gets Them

The Guardian | Jason Burke in Riyadh | Posted 08.29.2011 | World

A senior Saudi Arabian diplomat and member of the ruling royal family has raised the spectre of nuclear conflict in the Middle East if Iran comes clos...

Make the Punishment Fit the Nuclear Crime

Emma Belcher | Posted 08.17.2011 | World
Emma Belcher

Countries must increase the penalty for all forms of nuclear smuggling, including small quantities and scams. Surely nuclear smuggling deserves punishment befitting the gravity of the crime.

Who Created Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal?

Jamyang Norbu | Posted 07.20.2011 | World
Jamyang Norbu

Pakistanis may hail A.Q. Khan as the father of the "Islamic bomb," but what is generally not mentioned is that his PhD is in metallurgical engineering. He was not involved with the actual design, development and testing of Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

Could "Virtual Deterrence" Actually Increase the Chances of Nuclear War?

Russ Wellen | Posted 07.08.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In its inability to signal a true commitment to nuclear disarmament, virtual deterrence is hardly ideal. But it sounds like a step in the right direction, right? Wrong.

Japanese Workers and Children Overexposed to Radiation

Alexia Parks | Posted 07.02.2011 | Home
Alexia Parks

While the world news media has shifted its attention elsewhere, tragedy continues to unfold at Tokyo Electric Power's crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...

Five Next Steps To Increase American Security

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.04.2011 | World
Joe Cirincione

There's one less threat to America this week, but there are 21,000 others waiting to explode. That's the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Russia.

New Nuclear Project Distracts From Existing Safety (Read: Seismic) Issues

Russ Wellen | Posted 06.18.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In a cruel joke at a time of supposed disarmament, the CMRR promises to be the most expensive construction project in the history of Los Alamos.

Thanks to Fukushima Light Shed on U.S. Nuclear Facility Located on a Volcano

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The light shining on the safety of nuclear energy as a result of the Japanese nuclear crisis has been of such powerful wattage that it's even flushing safety issues with nuclear weapons labs and manufacturing facilities out of hiding.

Nuclear Energy and Weapons: Uncontrollable in Time and Space

Alyn Ware | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alyn Ware

The nuclear crisis in Japan has debunked the claims of authorities that their nuclear power stations, built with inferior containment on fault-lines, are safe and fully under control.

Reaching Global Zero

Valerie Plame Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Valerie Plame Wilson

As a former CIA covert operations officer, I believe nuclear proliferation is the most urgent threat we face, regardless of gender. The only solution is to lock down all materials and eliminate all weapons in all countries: Global Zero.

The Most Successful Security Pact in History

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Cirincione

Despite the power and allure of nuclear weapons, only nine nations in the world today have nuclear arsenals.

Breaking Free From the Nuclear Deterrence Scam

Robert Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Green

Most believers in nuclear deterrence refuse to discuss the consequences of failure. This is why.

What Would End-Timers Do Without the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Russ Wellen

"The Great Atomic Power" was first recorded in 1952, the year that the hydrogen bomb was first tested. The song may have provided some comfort for those listeners aware that the nuclear arms race was at its height.

Does the Taboo Against the Use of Nuclear Weapons Increase Their Allure?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

We're under the gun: we need to make use of the nuclear taboo as a springboard to disarmament before its expiration date. But there exists another nuclear taboo against discussing the destruction caused by nuclear weapons.

Safeguarding Nuclear Security in the Shadow of Middle East Revolutions

Jonathan Pearl | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Pearl

Nuclear nonproliferation goals must be placed above short-term financial and political preferences. The uncertainties of revolution and the dangers of proliferation demand nothing less.

Is "It's Not Fair" a Childish Response to Being Denied Nuclear Weapons?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

No matter the short term benefits to security, when the West severs the ties that bind disarmament to nonproliferation, it further undermines the trust of the developing world and long-term prospects for international security.

Japan Flexes Its Muscle

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rizwan Ladha

Japan is making a statement -- conditioning the further development of India's nuclear power industry on certain demonstrable nonproliferation commitments.

Thanks to New START, You too Can "Ride Out" a Nuclear Attack

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

With hawks always willing to poke a stick into the hive of U.S.-Russia relations, it's folly to think that just because the Cold War ended that we've been inoculated against nuclear war with Russia.

Nuclear Weapons Just Not Sexy Anymore

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The incarnation of "sexy," that is, that cropped up a few years ago: exciting or trendy in a general, not erotic, way. That settled, let's move on to ...

New START and the Lingering Nuclear Cold War

Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D.

The difficult New START debate punctuates the deeper underlying point: the nuclear Cold War has never gone away. The fact should give comfort to no one.