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Rethinking Nuclear Arms Control

September 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.

Nuclear Weapons: It’s Time for Sole Purpose

September 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...

Delaying Doomsday

July 2020

Debak Das, Scott Sagan and Rupal Mehta discuss Mehta's new book, Delaying Doomsday: The Politics of Nuclear Rerversal, with James Goldgeier, Co-Director of Bridging the Gap.

Why the atomic bombing of Hiroshima would be illegal today

July 2020

The archival record makes clear that killing large numbers of civilians was the primary purpose of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The attack would be illegal today for violating three major...

The Science of Trinity

July 2020

Siegfried Hecker, former director of both Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Center for International Cooperation and Security, reflects on the meaning of the Trinity nuclear weapons test and...

Unattainable Conditions for New START Extension?

June 2020

President Donald Trump’s chief arms control envoy last week acknowledged the possibility that the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) could be extended, but he added, “only under...

On Arms Control, Little Reason for Optimism

May 2020

Officials in Moscow and Beijing will read Mr. Billingslea’s interview and see nothing to give them reason to negotiate.

US nukes in Poland are a truly bad idea

May 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...

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

March 2020

In the budding days of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump idled his days away, launching random tweets about unrelated issues.

Don't Let New START Die

February 2020

The 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) expires in one year. Unfortunately, President Trump’s attitude seems to reflect disinterest, if not antipathy.

Why Invading Iran Would Be a Military Disaster

January 2020

/*-->*/ In the wake of a rollercoaster week of escalatory and de-escalatory signaling between the United States and Iran, both sides appear to have taken a step back from the abyss.

U.S.-Russia Young Professionals Nuclear Forum Participants Receive Rieser Award Honorable Mention

January 2020

For the first time in the history of the Leonard M. Rieser Award, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists gave an honorable mention.

Sixth Young Professional Nuclear Forum Held in Moscow in November

January 2020

The sixth Young Professional Nuclear Forum (YPNF6), sponsored by the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI...

Trump Is Playing With Fire in the Middle East

January 2020

/*-->*/ With Suleimani’s death, the months-long tit-for-tat cycle of pressure and provocation between Washington and Tehran has entered a much more dangerous phase.

Ratcheting up the Pressure: Assessing the Risks of Trump's Iran Policy

December 2019

/*-->*/ In May 2018, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, and re-imposed crippling economic sanctions against Tehran.

Life after Yucca Mountain: The time has come to reset US nuclear waste policy

December 2019

/*-->*/ After decades of inaction and stalemate, there are small but significant signs that the U.S.

CISAC Team Releases Satellite Imaging-Based Study of North Korean Uranium Mines

September 2019

North Korea currently has only one publicly known uranium mine—the Pyongsăn uranium mining and milling complex—that serves as a first step in the country’s pathway towards nuclear weapons.Using a...

The Death of the INF Treaty Has Given Birth to New Missile Possibilities

September 2019

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty came to an end in August.

Fukushima Cesium-Enriched Microparticle (CSMP) Update (Interview with Rod Ewing)

August 2019

An interesting paper  was recently published by a team headed by Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya of Kyushu University on the subject of Fukushima-derived cesium-enriched microparticles (CsMPs).

The Future of Global Nuclear Power Through the Eyes of Young Russian and American Professionals

June 2019

As we witness the increasingly detrimental effects of global climate change, the role that nuclear power could play globally to mitigate its effects continues to be debated.

At Stanford, US and Russian Young Professionals Meet on Nuclear Topics in 5th Meeting

June 2019

In early May, CISAC convened the fifth Young Professional Nuclear Forum (YPNF), a program sponsored by the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the Moscow...

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