Arms Control

Introducing our New Associate Director of Development

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on October 30, 2014

Introducing Stephanie Somerman, our newest addition to the Center staff who joins the team as the new Associate Director of Development. Meet Stephanie:

While working for two years on the Pentagon Budget Campaign, a project of the Center/Council, and closely with Angela on the Campaign’s steering committee, I am eager Continue →

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The Unaffordable Arsenal

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on October 30, 2014

 Top government officials are in agreement that current plans to rebuild our nuclear arsenal (to the price tag of at least $355 billion over the next decade and up to $1 trillion over the next 30 years) are overly ambitious and likely unaffordable. Add in a defense budget that’s Continue →

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6 Days: Senate Election Outlook

by Council for a Livable World -- The Chain Reaction: on October 29, 2014

Republicans continue to have an edge in the contest for control of the Senate, but there are still too many close contests to pull a Romney (A Romney: bring his major supporters to Boston in 2012 for a victory party). Mitt was 47% correct.

Cook Political Report still lists Continue →

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Reagan, Gorbachev and Reykjavik

by krepon on October 29, 2014

Reagan and Gorbachev at Hofdi House during the Reykjavik Summit in 1986.

Ken Adelman has written an appealing, breezy account of the most extraordinary chapter of US-Soviet nuclear negotiations – the impromptu summit at Reykjavik on October 11-12, 1986 between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. His new book, Reagan at Reykjavik: Continue →

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Obama’s Mixed Bag on Nuclear Weapons

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on October 29, 2014

By Angela Canterbury and Sarah Tully

President Obama has long talked the talk of reducing the dangers of nuclear weapons, but the administration has been slow to walk the walk in terms of nuclear weapons reductions in recent years.

A recent study by Federation of American Scientists pointed out that Continue →

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Today, Aaron and Jeffrey talk with Theresa Hitchens, the Director of UNIDIR, about life in Geneva, space, and emerging technologies. The podcast begins with some useful tips for cheese lovers and Jeffrey’s advice for finding the perfect sausage, before moving on to a discussion about difficulties in defining a “space Continue →

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Front and Center

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on October 27, 2014

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FRONT & CENTER

An update on arms control, national security & politics from the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

October 11-October 26

WHAT'S NEW:

An Evening in BostonSave the date: On the evening of November 6th, we'll be in Boston for a night of expert analysis, substantive discussion, and Continue →

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Council Front and Center

by Council for a Livable World -- The Chain Reaction: on October 27, 2014

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COUNCIL: FRONT & CENTER

An update on arms control, national security & politics from the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

October 11-October 26

WHAT'S NEW:

2014 Senate Election ContestBack by popular demand, our biannual election contest has arrived! Think you can outsmart the pollsters before Continue →

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It’s better this way

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on October 27, 2014

Two years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the UN General Assembly in New York, and before the world, with a cartoon bomb. He warned that Iran was dangerously close to acquiring enough 20 percent enriched uranium for one bomb.

Much like Wile E. Coyote, Israel knew Continue →

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How Hawks Could Scuttle an Effective Iran Deal

by Will Saetren on October 27, 2014

On the radar: Previewing the opposition; NGOs support diplomacy; Extension murmurs; Uncertainty over sanctions; BUFF upgrades; Pyongyang delivery vehicle rumors; Goodbye Yoda; and China’s boomers.

October 27, 2014 | Edited by Jacob Marx and Will Saetren

The coming sanctions scrum - “If you prefer war with Iran over a deal with Iran Continue →

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Polish F-16s In NATO Nuclear Exercise In Italy

by Hans M. Kristensen on October 27, 2014

A nuclear-capable F-16C/D Block 40E (hull number 89-4030) of the 510th (Buzzards) Fighter Squadron from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AB in Italy is serviced at Lask AB in Poland in July 2014.

By Hans M. Kristensen

NATO is currently conducting a nuclear strike exercise in northern Italy.

The exercise, known as Steadfast Noon 2014, practices employment of U.S. nuclear bombs deployed in Europe and includes aircraft from seven NATO countries: Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, and United States.

The timing of the exercise, which Continue →

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Window of Opportunity to Change US Nuclear Spending Trajectory

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on October 24, 2014

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You might not have noticed, but the U.S.’ plans to replace our aging nuclear weapons triad have been in the news a lot lately. Folks are understandably confused by the juxtaposition of the exorbitant price tag attached to current plans to upgrade all three legs of the triad at once, Continue →

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Grimy political analysis

by Council for a Livable World -- The Chain Reaction: on October 23, 2014

I hate to join the liberal-conservative rant against the mainstream media (or as Sarah Palin would say, the lamestream media), but there has been over-the-top trashing of the Alison Ludergan Grimes campaign by mainstream, lamestream and alternative media.

The common theme: fact-free.

Much of this condemnation came after Grimes refused Continue →

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Panetta’s Loose Words Warrant Washing His Mouth Out With Soap

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on October 23, 2014

This month, former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta – he of minimal loyalty to his bosses -- published his memoir “Worthy Fights,” in which he criticizes Obama’s national security strategies and in particular how the administration has dealt with Iraq and Syria.  

In his book, Panetta Continue →

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Interns Wanted

by krepon on October 23, 2014

Aspiring wonks: The Stimson Center’s South Asia program is now accepting internship applications for Spring/Winter 2015. This internship is most suitable for a Junior or Senior in College looking for a semester in DC to get to know the city and to hone skills in nonproliferation and South Asian regional Continue →

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13 Days! Senate Elections Outlook

by Council for a Livable World -- The Chain Reaction: on October 22, 2014

Let’s get to important matters first. Council for a Livable World has opened our bi-annual election contest. Free to enter; predictions due by midnight eastern standard time on November 3rd, the night before the elections. Top three winners earn a cash prize!

Click here to enter.

In other Continue →

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Update: Growth in U.S. Defense Spending Since 2001

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on October 21, 2014

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We have an update to our budget charts over on the Center's site today.

See below for a preview, and click here for the rest.

After adjusting for inflation, the overall trend in base U.S. defense spending has increased since 2001. Since the end Continue →

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Ukraine: Widespread Use of Cluster Munitions

by Human Rights Watch on October 20, 2014

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Lulling and Stifling

by krepon on October 20, 2014

A standard hawkish critique of the practice of arms control and the pursuit of nuclear disarmament is that treaties pave the way to perdition. It’s senseless, in this view, to seek to override divergent national interests and political cultures. Arms control and reduction initiatives are not only doomed to fail, Continue →

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As the deadline for a deal to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran approaches, there is news that the U.S., its negotiating allies, and Iran are 95% there. However, the final 5% (the ‘Red Zone’ for you American football fans) is always the toughest to complete. Amongst the final bargaining points is Continue →

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