HBO’s Newest Satire Brink Hits Close to Home

Somewhere between Veep’s hilarious satire of Washington politics and Homeland’s gripping intrigue of counter-terrorist intelligence, HBO brings us its newest geopolitical “dramedy”: Brink. While we would hope events in this show to be reserved to fantasy, in fact, Brink’s pilot episode hits almost too close to home.

The Living Legacy of Council Founder Leo Szilard

Leo Szilard
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the culmination of the secret Manhattan Project, which produced the first atomic bombs. As one of the preeminent scientists to suggest the extreme danger posed by these weapons, Leo Szilard founded the Council for a Livable World in 1962. His legacy lives on through the Council’s committed efforts to decrease the threat of nuclear weapons.

Highlights of the 2015 NPT Review Conference

Highlights of the 2015 NPT Review Conference
The 2015 Review Conference for the Non-Proliferation Treaty has finished. There was so much that could have been done, but regrettably, this year’s conference failed to produce a final consensus document (which also happened in 2005). This means that previous commitments have still not been achieved, and worse, no plans have been made to remedy this.

Are Nuclear Launchers in Crimea a Game-Changer?

Are Nuclear Launchers in Crimea a Game-Changer?
The last two years have been a low point in US-Russian relations, although recently the situation is looking brighter. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov in Sochi on May 12 to discuss how cooperation between the two nations might be maintained.

What to Watch: Defense Authorization Bill

What to Watch: Defense Authorization Bill
The 1987 INF treaty prohibits Russia and the United States from having land-based ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500-5500 kilometers. The United States has accused Russia of testing a cruise missile that would violate this range, although there is no evidence that they have deployed these cruise missiles.