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Need To Know: Brett McGurk on America’s strategy to defeat ISIS

Q&A / June 1, 2020
US presidents tend to set maximalist objectives without necessarily providing the resourcing or laying the necessary diplomatic foundations to achieve such goals.
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Don’t Resume Nuclear Testing

Commentary / May 26, 2020
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On Arms Control, Little Reason for Optimism

Commentary / May 19, 2020
Officials in Moscow and Beijing will read Mr. Billingslea’s interview and see nothing to give them reason to negotiate.
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US nukes in Poland are a truly bad idea

Commentary / May 18, 2020
On May 15, the U.S. Ambassador in Warsaw, Georgette Mosbacher, suggested relocating U.S. nuclear weapons based in Germany to Poland. One hopes this was just a mistake by a political appointee...
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Zelenskyy’s first year: New beginning or false dawn?

Commentary / May 18, 2020
There were high hopes for Ukraine’s prospects to develop into a successful, democratic and economically prosperous state when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Unfortunately, the country has...
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Our Future Depends on Achieving Immunity to COVID-19 Together

News / May 11, 2020
On the World Class podcast with Michael McFaul, guests David Relman and Michelle Mello say progress will likely be uneven with states each pursuing varying degrees of social distancing and shelter-in...
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Going Nuclear on Climate Change?

Commentary / May 11, 2020
Three inter-related reasons why nuclear power cannot address our planetary crisis: time, money, and risk.
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U.S.-Russian Nuclear Arms Control Negotiations—A Short History

Commentary / May 4, 2020
An accomplished negotiator puts nuclear arms control in perspective—what it has achieved, where it has failed and what it can do for our future security.
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Keeping Peace in the Nuclear Age

Commentary / April 29, 2020
Why Washington and Moscow Must Extend the New START Treaty
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Putin’s Not-so-Excellent Spring

Commentary / April 21, 2020
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Trump's fake news on arms control?

Commentary / April 14, 2020

Embrace experimentation in biosecurity governance

Commentary / April 10, 2020

As biological research and its applications rapidly evolve, new attempts at the governance of biology are emerging, challenging traditional assumptions about how science works and who is responsible for governing. However, these governance approaches often are not evaluated, analyzed, or compared. This hinders the building of a cumulative base of experience and opportunities for learning. Consider “biosecurity governance,” a term with no internationally agreed definition, here defined as the processes that influence behavior to prevent or deter misuse of biological science and technology.

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Aftershocks: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the New World Disorder

Commentary / April 10, 2020
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global public health disaster of almost biblical proportions. It is a once-in-a-century occurrence that threatens to destroy countless lives, ruin economies, and...

Opinion: The Coronavirus Crisis Presents An Opportunity To End War In Ukraine

Commentary / April 6, 2020

In the midst of the damage to public health and the global economy, the COVID-19 crisis could present an unexpected opportunity both to resolve the only hot war in Europe and to address Russian President Vladimir Putin's assault on international norms of behavior.

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March: A Roller Coaster Month for Ukraine

Commentary / April 3, 2020

Ukrainians rode a wild roller coaster in March.  President Volodymyr Zelensky began the month by firing the prime minister and reshuffling the cabinet, prompting concern that oligarchs were reasserting their influence.  COVID-19 and its dire economic implications, however, refocused attention.  At the end of the month, the Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) passed on first reading legislation key to securing low-interest credits from the International Monetary Fund.

 

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NATO in the Fight with COVID-19

Blog / April 1, 2020

NATO Foreign Ministers are meeting this week at a time when global institutions are struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some institutions are even fighting for their lives, uncertain whether their missions and functions can emerge intact from this crisis. NATO does not have that problem—its focus as a military alliance is squarely on deterrence and defense against external threats, whether they flow from terrorists or state actors.  Its job is to defend its member states, and it will stay ready to do so. 

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Doctrinal Confusion and Cultural Dysfunction in the Pentagon Over Information and Cyber Operations

Commentary / March 27, 2020

In a Lawfare post earlier this year, I questioned the wisdom of referring to cyber operations as psychological operations. These campaigns are the bread and butter of U.S. Cyber Command’s operational activities.

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NATO’s 30th Member, At Last: Republic of North Macedonia

Blog / March 27, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, good news often goes missing.  It’s worth highlighting that today, March 27, NATO has a new member, the Republic of North Macedonia.   Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted the news from NATO HQ in Brussels, and Skopje, the capital, was ecstatic: "The Republic of North Macedonia is officially the new, 30th NATO member," the government said in a statement. "We have fulfilled the dream of generations."

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When COVID-19 Delays a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference, Is There a Silver Lining?

Blog / March 26, 2020

Rose Gottemoeller is the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Center for Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, and was formerly the Deputy Secretary General of NATO

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Nuclear waste disposal: Why the case for deep boreholes is … full of holes

Commentary / March 26, 2020

In the budding days of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump idled his days away, launching random tweets about unrelated issues. One such issue was nuclear waste disposal: “Nevada, I hear you on Yucca Mountain…my Administration is committed to exploring innovative approaches – I’m confident we can get it done!”

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‘Just Say No’ Is Not a Strategy for Supply Chain Security

Commentary / March 25, 2020

On Feb. 12, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien announced that the U.S. government has “evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world.” This represents the latest attempt by the Trump administration to support an argument that allied governments—and the businesses they oversee—should purge certain telecommunications networks of Huawei equipment.

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Human Crap

Commentary / March 25, 2020

We are turning the world inside-out. Massive mining operations rip into rock, unearthing lithium, coltan and hundreds of other minerals to feed our gargantuan appetite for electronic stuff. Sand dredged from riverbeds and ocean floors becomes concrete; so far, there’s enough to cover the globe in a 2mm-thick shell. Oil sucked up from the seabed powers locomotion and manufacturing, and serves as the chemical base for our plasticised lives. We could easily wrap our concrete replica in plastic wrap.

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As US-Russian Arms Control Faces Expiration, Sides Face Tough Choices

Commentary / March 23, 2020

The Trump administration’s proposal for trilateral arms control negotiations appears to be gaining little traction in Moscow and Beijing, and the era of traditional nuclear arms control may be coming to an end just as new challenges emerge. This is not to say that arms control should be an end in it itself. It provides a tool that, along with the right combination of deterrence and defense forces and proper doctrine, can enhance U.S. and allied security and promote stability.

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