A New Direction for Nukes and North Korea

October 09, 2020

North Korea’s acquisition of nuclear weapons has changed the nuclear balance in Northeast Asia. But it hasn’t altered the way politicians and diplomats approach the question of arms control and disarmament in the region. The debate among influencers continues to revolve around two versions of...

Donald Trump Is Tipping the Nuclear Dominoes

June 22, 2020

If the Trump administration follows through on its threat to restart nuclear tests, it will complete the unraveling of more than 50 years of arms control agreements, taking the world back to the days when school children practiced “duck and cover” and people built backyard bomb...

Nuclear Weapons: The Lies and Broken Promises

December 02, 2019

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an economic meeting in the city of Sivas this September that Turkey was considering building nuclear weapons, he was responding to a broken promise. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the government of Iran...

Trump Wants to Nuke Hurricanes and Buy Nations

August 28, 2019

Thanks to his Apple-like obsession with proving to people that he can “think different” or at least differently than previous presidents, Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his talent at improvising outlandish solutions to unsolvable problems. There was the “big, beautiful wall,” of...

The Logic of Arms Control Has Changed

May 03, 2019

The United States built an arsenal of nuclear weapons to preserve and extend its global dominance. But now, in a perverse development, nukes threaten that dominance. My first trip to Washington, DC, to do something other than protest on the streets was to interview for a Herbert Scoville Jr....

Donald Trump Is Always There to Help

October 24, 2018

When the world is falling apart, Donald Trump is there to make sure it’s the best collapse ever. Since his election in 2016, US President Donald Trump has never met a treaty or international agreement he didn’t want to rescind. He undoubtedly thinks of that method as the “art of the...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: America Wants “Low-Yield” Weapons

March 26, 2018

Russia is no longer communist and has never threatened war. But for the US, the Russians are the evil enemy against whom we must arm. The president of the United States and his generals are in need of a fix called low-yield weapons. Air Force General John Hyten made the logic clear: “That...

Doing What’s Right in a Dangerous World

November 08, 2017

Today’s real and present nuclear danger seems so much more immediate because Trump has his unstable hand on the nuclear button. The United States of America is the only nation on earth that has ever purposely used nuclear weapons to kill human beings — approximately 66,000 dead in Hiroshima...

These Nuclear Breakthroughs Are Endangering the World

April 26, 2017

How a growing technology gap between the US and its nuclear-armed rivals could lead to the unraveling of arms control agreements — and even nuclear war. At a time of growing tensions between nuclear powers — Russia and NATO in Europe, and the United States, North Korea and China in Asia —...

Nukes Will Be Obama’s Legacy

June 03, 2016

Obama’s approach to nukes will be his most significant legacy—as well as his most salient failure. Of all the accomplishments and disappointments of the Obama presidency, his nuclear weapons policy is the greatest. Yes, you read that correctly. Barack Obama’s approach to nukes will be his...

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