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Saving the Open Skies Treaty

Commentary / January 27, 2021
Last November, the Trump administration unwisely withdrew the United States from the Open Skies Treaty. Earlier this year, the Russian government said it will take steps to follow suit.

Should U.S. Missile Defenses Be a Part of Arms Control Negotiations With Russia?

Commentary / January 26, 2021
The Biden administration should consider whether the benefits to United States and allied security of limiting all nuclear weapons, including non-strategic nuclear arms, would justify accepting some...
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Enhancing Strategic Stability: New START and Beyond

Commentary / January 25, 2021
Arms control offers a tool to enhance U.S. security.
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First UN Resolution Holds Lessons for Latest Nuclear Treaty

Commentary / January 22, 2021
In commemoration of its 75th anniversary, CISAC Fellow Ryan A. Musto looks back at the UN’s first-ever resolution and finds that it “was not the lodestar many in the nuclear policy community imagine...
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Where Next On Nuclear Arms Control?

Commentary / January 22, 2021
For nearly five decades, nuclear arms control has been an exclusive enterprise between Washington and Moscow. The resulting agreements have provided significant constraints on the U.S.-Soviet (later...
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As defense spending comes under fire, don't make nuclear war more likely

Commentary / January 22, 2021
Defense spending will come under pressure in an era of trillion-dollar COVID-19 deficits. As a result, the Defense Department will need to make trade-offs that it previously could avoid.
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A Proposal for a Commission on the Capitol Siege

Commentary / January 15, 2021
On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was assaulted and occupied for the first time since 1814. Five people were killed, including a Capitol Police officer. Two Republican Representatives have introduced a...
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The Soft War That America Is Losing

Commentary / January 15, 2021
The US depends far more on its soft power than authoritarian China does. Once it is lost, it is hard to get back.
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Longer-Term Cybersecurity Implications of the Occupation of the Capitol—Beware of Fake Leaks

Commentary / January 11, 2021
Inside the U.S. Capitol last week, laptops from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Jeff Merkley, and other devices were taken, presumably by the occupiers. These devices are now in...
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Everybody Spies in Cyberspace. The U.S. Must Plan Accordingly.

News / December 30, 2020
Because all countries engage in espionage, intrusions like Russia’s latest data hack are devilishly hard to deter.
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Years later, still unclear why US staff in Cuba, China experienced strange symptoms

News / December 30, 2020
A National Academies panel commissioned by the State Department shed new light on a disturbing and still mysterious episode. Employees in the Cuban embassy reported headaches, pressure, nausea,...
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Does the Noncombatant Immunity Norm Have Stopping Power? A Debate

Commentary / December 11, 2020
After years of researching American public opinion on the use of nuclear weapons and the ethics, we found the levels of public support for a strike that violated ethical and legal principles to be...
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Managing US Sanctions Toward Russia

Commentary / December 10, 2020
Sanctions will remain part of the US toolkit for dealing with Russia under the incoming Biden administration.
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The Real Reason Biden’s Pick for Pentagon Chief is the Wrong Choice

Commentary / December 9, 2020
Does Joe Biden's choice of Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III for secretary of defense offer a "safe choice" at the expense of preparing a strong front in the great-power competition with...
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Biden Administration Will Rely On U.S. Allies for Support as Tensions with China Continue to Rise

News / December 8, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, international security expert Oriana Skylar Mastro says conflict between China and Taiwan is plausible within the next 15 years, and the U.S. will likely be involved.
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Remembering history while planning the future of nuclear arms control

Q&A / December 7, 2020
A conversation on what could and should be done to restore and extend an arms control regime that has deteriorated in the last few years, as the United States and Russia have withdrawn from major...
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Unfinished business: Next steps on US-Russia arms control

News / December 7, 2020
Despite a flurry of diplomatic activity over the late summer and early fall, the United States and Russia have yet to seal a deal on extending the New START treaty limiting their strategic nuclear...
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How a US defense secretary came to support the abolition of nuclear weapons

News / December 7, 2020
In the issue which marks the start of the 75th year of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, respected strategic thinkers of this era explain where the Bulletin and its readers should focus their...
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Science diplomacy: The essential interdisciplinary approach

News / December 7, 2020
In the issue which marks the start of the 75th year of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, respected strategic thinkers of this era explain where the Bulletin and its readers should focus their...
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Free Nations Must Speak for Australia

Commentary / December 4, 2020
The Biden administration needs to rethink the entire nature of alliances for an era of heavy-handed economic diplomacy from Beijing says Oriana Skylar Mastro and Zack Cooper in an op-ed for the...
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Bat-borne Nipah virus could help explain COVID-19

News / December 4, 2020
Researchers have long known that the number of human infections from the bat-borne Nipah virus fluctuates from year to year. A new study provides insights into the reasons why. Stanford...
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How Should Biden Deal with Moscow? with Rose Gottemoeller and David J. Kramer

Q&A / December 4, 2020
Rose Gottemoeller and David J. Kramer join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss priorities and approaches to the new administration’s diplomacy with Moscow.
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India’s Cold War push for an Indian Ocean Zone of Peace

Commentary / December 3, 2020
Ryan A. Musto reviews former CISAC Fellow Yogesh Joshi’s work on India’s use of selective alignment with the Great Powers to advance its regional ambitions in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Clock is Ticking on New START Extension

Commentary / December 3, 2020
Rose Gottemoeller, who previously served as NATO’s deputy secretary-general and as U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, has long been an advocate of a five-year...