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US missed 'golden opportunity' by walking out of Hanoi summit with N. Korea: Hecker

News / October 7, 2020
President Donald Trump missed a "golden" chance to end North Korea's nuclear program by walking out of his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong-un empty-handed when the North Korean leader had,...
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Washington’s Arms Control Delusions and Bluffs

Commentary / September 28, 2020
The Trump administration’s stances on nuclear negotiations don’t even make sense as a starting point.
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The United States Must Avoid a Nuclear Arms Race with China

Commentary / September 22, 2020
Oriana Skylar Mastro explains why U.S. nuclear policy needs to minimize the role of nuclear weapons in the U.S.-China great power competition and pave the way for arms control.
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From CISAC Classrooms to the Halls of Congress

News / September 22, 2020
Geo Saba, legislative director for Congressman Ro Khanna, credits his time as a CISAC Honors student for enabling him to make a policy impact with his career.
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Hacking the Classroom

Q&A / September 21, 2020
Security costs money. You pay for security because you want something to not happen. It’s not that something good happens with security, it's that something bad doesn’t happen.
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NATO alliance remains a transatlantic bargain

Commentary / September 16, 2020
President Trump’s impulsive decision recently to remove 12,000 American troops from Germany — without a serious interagency review or consultation with close allies — is just the latest example of...
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Nuclear Weapons: It’s Time for Sole Purpose

Commentary / September 15, 2020
The “sole purpose” of U.S. nuclear weapons should be to deter and—if necessary, retaliate against—a nuclear attack. This would mark a significant change in U.S. nuclear policy, eliminating ambiguity...
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Rethinking Nuclear Arms Control

Commentary / September 15, 2020
Where is nuclear arms control—negotiated restraints on the deadliest weapons of mass destruction—headed? This 50-year tool of US national security policy is currently under attack.
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Spinning good news on arms control

News / September 11, 2020
For months, President Trump has put the brightest possible spin on COVID-19. He insists the virus is under control. He praises his administration’s “incredible” job. He suggests a vaccine will be...
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Will the U.S. and Russia Extend ‘New START’ By February? Here’s What it Takes

News / September 11, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, nuclear security expert Rose Gottemoeller describes what it’s like to negotiate with the Russians and the path ahead for extending the New START Treaty.
Osama bin Laden with then-advisor Ayman al-Zawahiri during a November 2001 interview at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan.

Al Qaeda's Leader Remains Dangerous

Commentary / September 10, 2020
Nineteen years after 9/11, al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has yet to achieve the household notoriety evoked by that of his immediate predecessor, Osama bin Laden.
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The COVID-19 Infodemic: What Can Be Done About the Infectious Spread of Misinformation and Disinformation

Commentary / September 10, 2020
Almost since its first emergence, the spreading SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has also been accompanied by a widespread proliferation of misinformation and disinformation, what the World Health Organization (...
Portrait of Oriana Skylar Mastro and a 3D cover of her book, 'The Costs of Conversation: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime'

FSI Center Fellow Wins Best Book in Security Studies Award

News / September 9, 2020
The American Political Science Association recognizes Oriana Skylar Mastro for her work on military strategy and mediation.
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What’s driving mass protests in Belarus?

Q&A / September 8, 2020
As protests continue in Belarus over the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, Steve Pifer explains how the government’s response to COVID-19 and a blatantly stolen election...
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Ukraine, NATO, and Russia

News / September 4, 2020
Since regaining its independence in the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse nearly 30 years ago, Ukraine has sought to build links with the West. This includes ties with institutions such as...
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Ukraine - Then and Now

Q&A / September 3, 2020
Steven Pifer, William J. Perry fellow at CISAC, former Foreign Service officer and Ukraine's Ambassador from 1998 to 2000, talks to Fordham's "Vital Interests" about Ukraine.
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Trump’s top intelligence official is curtailing congressional briefings on foreign election interference

Q&A / September 1, 2020
John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, announced that the intelligence community would cut back on its briefings to Congress on electoral security. Amy B. Zegart explains what the...
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Bad Earth

Commentary / August 31, 2020
Every year, humans move more earth and rock than rivers, wind, rain and all other planetary forces combined. And the quantity of rock moved by Anglo American in its century-plus of metal mining...
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Three major nuclear accidents, as seen by young American and Russian professionals

News / August 31, 2020
Young American and Russian professionals examined three major nuclear accidents to assess the causes, responses and consequences. They worked across cultural and disciplinary divides and arrived at a...
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Understanding China's Social Credit System

Q&A / August 31, 2020
Does a tracking system making laws more enforceable actually improve society?
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Extremely unlikely that they will find anything

News / August 28, 2020
A helicopter scan for radioactivity at SF’s former bases had limited value. The city relied on it anyway, using what Gabrielle Hecht calls “a classic playbook around issues of toxicity, radiation and...
Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed on August 27 that he is ready to send Russian security forces into neighboring Belarus in support of the country's beleaguered ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Is Putin about to make a costly mistake in Belarus?

Commentary / August 27, 2020
From 2001 to 2004, I was the senior American official to visit Belarus. The United States and European Union were thoroughly dissatisfied with President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s authoritarianism, and...
Energy Department representatives presented the Yucca Mountain license application to the NRC on June 3, 2008

If Trump and Biden agree there shouldn’t be a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain, can’t we all?

Commentary / August 26, 2020
Both have announced their opposition to building an underground repository to permanently store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now it's time for everyone else to accept that Yucca...
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CISAC names 2020-21 fellows and researchers

News / August 26, 2020
The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is pleased to welcome the fellows and researchers who will be joining us for the 2020-21 academic year. These scholars will spend the...
A 1945 photo of the “Calutron Girls” of the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex at Oak Ridge, Tennessee includes only one Black employee, despite the instrumental role of Black women at the facility. The image has been altered to bring focus to her

A call for antiracist action and accountability in the US nuclear community

Commentary / August 24, 2020
As part of the ensuing national racial reckoning, institutions within the US nuclear community have issued statements condemning systemic racism. The nuclear community must go beyond acknowledgement...