Episode two is titled “Half-Cocked”—and for good reason, as the mission to destroy Pakistan’s unguarded nuclear sites becomes a slapdash operation that just might put the world at even greater risk.
Hundreds of nuclear missiles are kept on full-alert 24/7 resulting in increased risks of cyber-attacks from enemies in order to launch the missiles unauthorized. Chances are that the next nuclear detonation won’t come from a calculated missile launch, but from a nuclear accident or a cyber-attack.
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 United States’ foreign policy toolbox needs some re-tooling, according to Council-endorsed Senators Murphy (D-Conn.), Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Heinrich (D-N.M.)
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.
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.
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.