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Deterrence

The U.S. Can't Afford to Continue the Death Penalty

Allen Frances | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Our adversarial legal process encourages an unenlightened and dispiriting dueling of expert witnesses. In addition, the death penalty has become an anomaly and an embarrassment.

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.

Still Preparing for Nuclear War: The U.S. Government Continues the Policies of the Past

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The Pentagon, on behalf of President Barack Obama, released a report to Congress outlining what it called the U.S. government's "Nuclear Employment Strategy." Although the report indicated some minor alterations in U.S. policy, it exhibited far more continuity than change.

The Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment, and Other Punitive Measures: What's the Point?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.09.2013 | Crime
Marianne Mollmann

Unfortunately, rehabilitation (the adult word for "learning a lesson") is often not at the heart of criminal justice reform. In fact, the harshness of a punishment is frequently not determined by the possibility of recidivism, but rather by public opinion.

Is Juvenile Delinquency a Failure of Imagination?

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.03.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Over the years -- long before and after 1950s America -- experts have targeted everything from genes to poverty to poor parenting and worse teachers as the source of teenage misbehavior. Now comes a fresh idea from psychological science.

MAD MEN

Richard C. Leone | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

Overall, Republicans will have a big edge in the no limits contribution game this year and are likely to warp Congressional races in their direction. But at the presidential level will outspending be the key to swamping the campaign effort of President Obama?

Try a Little Nuclear Sanity

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The real nuclear threat to the United States does not lie in the fact that it does not (or will not) possess enough nuclear weapons to deter a nuclear attack. Rather, it is that there is no guarantee that nuclear deterrence works.

The Unfathomable Cost of the United States Nuclear Program

William Rose | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
William Rose

If you're not terrified by the statistics of military error (and there are plenty of close encounters) you should be in awe of the fact that world leaders will spend $1 trillion in the next 10 years on nuclear weapons.

The Death Penalty: Questionable Evidence for Deterrence

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.08.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

The death penalty is about as divisive an issue as abortion or gun control. Studies are offered by proponents and opponents to both support and condemn both sides of each issue. It is therefore imperative to assess and critique the quality, reliability and validity of the studies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Governor Quinn: Sign the Abolition Bill

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Abolishing the death penalty is good for citizens of Illinois, good for our budget, good for families of victims and good for our court system. It may even make our state safer.

Is It Time to Execute the Death Penalty?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The arguments for and against have raged for years, but the discussion is relevant now more than ever because Governor Pat Quinn has it within his power to end the death penalty in Illinois.

NATO's Existential Question

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabah Ghezali

NATO's ongoing dilemma is bound up in structural changes in the world order, not least being the difficult emergence of the European Union as a distinct strategic player.

France's Silent Strategic Revolution

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabah Ghezali

If France fully accepts the principle of missile defense, then details of the plan remain to be seen.

Would Sweeping Disarmament on Our Part Impress Iran?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

As with almost all mainstream opinion pieces about U.S.-Iran relations, there's no mention of the United States pursuing a policy of nuclear reciprocity -- that is, disarmament.

Do Nuclear Weapons Keep India and Pakistan From Each Other's Throats?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

There are those who believe that nuclear proliferation on the part of India and Pakistan has deterred not only nuclear, but conventional war between the two hostile states.

Are Obama's Disarmament Initiatives Just a Cover for the Nuclear-Industrial Complex?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Many of us hoped for more from the Nuclear Posture Review. Still, as with the new START treaty, it may not be transformational, but it is transitional.

U.S.-Indian Nuke Transactions Go From Bad to Worse

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Between India's elites failing to see expected returns, masses denied energy and sustainable development and U.S. plans thwarted by the Indian legislature, the India-U.S. nuclear deal has been a lose-lose-lose deal.

Seed of Destruction: Nuclear 'Pits'

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The Obama administration is making generous concessions to the nuclear industry presumably, to win votes from Republicans on the new START treaty and other disarmament measures.

Found: A Portal to the Conservative Soul

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The elimination of nuclear weapons is actually consistent with conservative Christian theology.

Will Okinawa's Voice Be Heard in Washington?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Many Japanese feel throttled by their American ally and feel that they have less and less choice in the security relationship -- constrained both by regional realities and an overlord that doesn't understand their problems.

Is the New START Just the Nuclear Version of Health-Care Reform?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Thus far, the Obama administration's ideas of financial and health-care reform are, at best, tweaks to systems that cry out to be razed to the ground before reconstructing.