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Nuclear Nonproliferation

Why Disarmament Matters -- and the Need for Constant Reminders

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Lia Petridis Maiello

Recently a group of disarmament scholars and policy experts met in New York to honor Peter Weiss, President Emeritus of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, for his lifelong commitment to a subject of permanent gravity that often remains in a political, legal and generational stalemate.

Your Doctors Are Worried

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

In a nuclear war involving as few as 100 weapons anywhere in the world, the global climate and agricultural production would be affected so severely that the lives of more than 2 billion people would be in jeopardy.

The Endless Arms Race: Despite Great Power Promises, New Nuclear Weapons Are On the Way

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

It's heartening to see that an agreement has been reached to ensure that Iran honors its commitment, made when it signed the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to forgo developing nuclear weapons.

Let's Remember What Iran Has Said About Israel

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

WASHINGTON-It is one of the great ironies of history that the nation of Israel--and likely, the religion of Judaism as we know it--would not exist if ...

Massive Nonproliferation Program May Expand Nuclear Stockpile

Center For Public Integrity | Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith Center for Public Integrity A multibillion-dollar U.S.-led effort to stem the threat of a terrorist nuclea...

Norway Calls on the World to Ban Nuclear Weapons

John Dear | Posted 05.12.2013 | World
John Dear

Last week, an extraordinary, historic event occurred. The government of Norway invited all the nations of the world to a two-day conference to discuss the humanitarian effects of nuclear war and to begin the process to ban all nuclear weapons.

Valerie Plame Calls For Transparency On Drones

Posted 03.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Valerie Plame Wilson, the former CIA officer who was outed by Robert Novak in a 2003 Washington Post column and was the subject of the movie "Fair Gam...

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Valerie Plame Wilson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Valerie Plame Wilson

2013-03-04-Screenshot20130304at10.30.54AM.jpgYears from now, when the last nuclear bomb is dismantled, it will be because people all over the world had the courage to demand zero.

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.

Nuclear Disarmament Key to Iran Diplomacy

Ahmad Sadri | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Ahmad Sadri

Obama's return to the discourse of nuclear disarmament earned him a Nobel Peace Prize. Earlier that year the recently elected Presiden went to Prague and sounded a clarion call for a ban on all nuclear testing. Four years has passed and the Prague promise seems to have been forgotten.

Washington P5 Conference on Implementing the NPT

Rose Gottemoeller | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Rose Gottemoeller

On June 27-29, the State Department welcomed the other members of the P5 -- China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom -- to discuss the implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Preventing Nuclear Terrorism

Robert Gallucci | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Gallucci

Nations with nuclear material -- whether military or civilian -- must secure and eliminate stocks of highly enriched uranium and plutonium. The threat of nuclear terror is not just possible, it is quite plausible; if effective action is not taken, over time, it is probable.

Playing Politics With Nuclear Security

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Trimming Cold War arsenals, bringing our nuclear strategy into the 21st century, makes sense. It makes sense for Republicans and Democrats, defense hawks and budget hawks. Politicians trying to score cheap political points do so at the expense of our national security.

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.

Obama Administration Weighing Bold Step

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percen...

9 Countries In the Nuclear Weapons Club

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 03.10.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

Many historians argue that the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a turning point in mankind's history, events that marked the beginning of humanity's ability to instantly self-annihilate.

Six Essential Truths about U.S. Nuclear Policy

Joe Cirincione | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Phil Taubman writes in the Sunday New York Times what many people in Washington think about our outdated nuclear policy, but few say. He makes six key points.

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.

Mohamed ElBaradei's The Age of Deception

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.29.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Can international diplomacy cope with the nuclear dangers that now threaten global survival? In The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times, ElBaradei makes the case that it can.

Remembering Senator Mark Hatfield

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

Today, the leaders of the "New Evangelicals" and millions of others in the wider evangelical family, remember and laud Hatfield's bi-partisan style, generosity of spirit, and the public-policy values he endorsed.

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.

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.

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.

If Gaddafi Had the Bomb

Andrew J. Pierre | Posted 06.08.2011 | World
Andrew J. Pierre

A Libya with nuclear weapons would have presented an entirely different and dangerous challenge to the current coalition. Most likely it would have blocked it.

April: Auspicious and Alarming Anniversaries

Matt Petersen | Posted 06.02.2011 | Green
Matt Petersen

As April is upon us, we have a few important dates that really define the challenges we face as humanity and the future health of planet Earth.