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Nuclear Weapons Are The Most Consequential Threat America Faces

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

During the Cold War, we relied on the doctrine of "mutually assured destruction." We believed that neither the United States nor the Soviet Union would launch an attack because it would produce massive and destructive retaliation. But the world has changed, and we are in a high-risk era when the presence of nuclear weapons raises the stakes for global conflict, accidents and terrorism.

What You Don't Know About Cyberwar Could Kill You, Warns Zero Days

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

What if someone infiltrated our nuclear command and control so that if we pushed the button, nothing happened? Or if something did happen even without our pushing the button? What if Pakistan did this to India, or India to Pakistan?

Nukes, Gaps, and International Law - Clearing Metaphorical Entanglements

Nobuo Hayashi | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Nobuo Hayashi

Twenty years ago next week, on 8 July 1996, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion regarding nuclear weapons. In a decision that split its fourteen-member bench, the court found, with the president's casting vote:

Obama's Nuclear Paradox

John Feffer | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

Of all the accomplishments and disappointments of the Obama presidency, his nuclear weapons policy is the greatest. Yes, you read that correctly. Obama's approach to nukes will be his most significant legacy as well as his most salient failure.

Passing the Nuclear Baton

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Obama got us moving in the right direction, but when you are fleeing a forest fire, it is not just a question of direction but also of speed. Can we get to safety before catastrophe engulfs us?

North Korea Just Got a Little Scarier

Joe Cirincione | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Joe Cirincione

South Korea claims that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit on the tip of a missile. They are probably right.

UN Hits North Korea With Tough New Sanctions. Now What?

Joe Cirincione | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The new sanctions against North Korea, just adopted by United Nations Security Council, are a critical part of efforts to contain that nation's nuclear weapons program. But they are not enough.

Ted Cruz Says North Korea Bomb Test Foreshadows Where Iran Is Headed

The Huffington Post | Samantha-Jo Roth | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Even after U.S. intelligence experts cast doubt on North Korea's claim to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, Sen. Ted Cruz...

I Got Your Nuclear Triad Right Here

Joe Cirincione | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

We do NOT need a nuclear triad. The vague talk at the GOP debate is matched by similarly vague discussions about the triad at hearings and in official statements. This posturing inflates the value of these weapons and obscures their threat to our own security.

The Risk of a Nuclear ISIS Grows

Joe Cirincione | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The U.S. needs to rethink our overall nuclear strategy. Our current strategy is still based on fighting a nuclear war with Russia. We should refocus it, and stop spending billions on an obsolete U.S. nuclear arsenal and move at least part of those funds to preventing ISIS or any other group from getting their hands on radioactive materials. It's time to stop fighting Soviets and shift our funds to fighting the terrorists that truly threaten us. The risk of ISIS getting their hands on nuclear or radiological weapons is small, but it is not zero. And that is too big of a gamble to take when American lives are on the line.

Do You Support the Iran Deal? A Flowchart

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

If you are not sure where you stand on the Iran deal, I made a handy flowchart to help you figure it out.

Putin's Next Move

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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That One Time America Accidentally Dropped a Nuke on South Carolina

Roadtrippers | Posted 12.24.2014 | Weird News
Roadtrippers

In the history of terrible mistakes, accidentally dropping a nuclear bomb on your own country has to rank pretty damn high. That's exactly what happened when a really, really stupid accident resulted in America tossing an atom bomb on rural South Carolina.

Global Nuclear Power Supply At Lowest Level Since 1980s

Reuters | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) - Atomic power's share of global electricity supply is at the lowest level since the 1980s...

Yellowcake and Eat It Too: Why An Extension of Nuclear Talks with Iran Is Good for America

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

A diplomatic resolution will not only bring stability and security for us and our allies, but it could prove the beginning of broader efforts to curtail Iran's more destructive activities in the region.

For Iran's Supreme Leader, No Nuclear Deal Is Better Than a Good Nuclear Deal

Daniel Nisman | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

As they head home from a rare round of bi-lateral talks with Iran in Geneva, it would serve American negotiators well to understand that the muscle behind the Iranian regime simply can't afford to let Rouhani resolve this crisis.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Finally, Barack Obama may prove deserving of his Nobel Peace Prize by joining with England, France, China, Russia and Germany in negotiating an eminently sensible rapprochement with Iran on its nuclear program.

Potential New Use For Nuclear Weapons Might Surprise You

Center For Public Integrity | Douglas Birch | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

When planetary scientist H. Jay Melosh attended a meeting between nuclear weapons designers from the United States and the former Soviet Union in May ...

Solar Panels Empower Low-Income Latino Communities: The Utilities Try to Spoil the Fiesta

Javier Sierra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

When it comes to the sun, for Rosa Mayorga and her family, everything that glitters is indeed gold.

A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

August 6 marks 68 years since the United States committed what is arguably the single gravest act of terrorism that the world has ever known.

Viewing Iran's Nuclear Program From a New Perspective

William Rose | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
William Rose

Iran's motivation for a nuclear weapon must be observed on a much broader, more philosophical scale.

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.

The Nuke Plan to Nowhere

William Hartung | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

If Congress wants to cut the deficit intelligently, it should be finding ways to eliminate unnecessary and poorly managed projects in the nuclear weapons complex, not shielding nuclear programs from budget reductions.

Obama Getting Ready to Reduce Nukes: A Step in the Right Direction

Charles Knight | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Charles Knight

As the deployed force gets smaller it makes sense to reduce the complexity of the force structure. There is nothing magic about the triad created at the height of the Cold War.