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.

Fresh Ideas on Nuclear Security

Fresh Ideas on Nuclear Security
At a symposium titled “Fresh Ideas for the Future,” Harvard Belfer Center nuclear expert Francesca Giovannini summarized a research paper in which she calls for a collective approach to nuclear security.

U.S. Increases Transparency, Dismantlement of Warheads at Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

U.S. Increases Transparency, Dismantlement of Warheads at Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, during his address yesterday to the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to nonproliferation and disarmament. As a sign of good faith, the Obama administration released an updated account of its nuclear stockpile and committed to increasing its dismantlement of retired warheads.

Five Key Challenges to Disarmament

Five Key Challenges to Disarmament
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York City is underway! Speaking at a side event for “Promoting a Successful Outcome of the 2015 NPT RevCon,” Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom laid out the following five key challenges to complete disarmament.

U. S. Highly Enriched Uranium: Mitigating the Risk

U. S. Highly Enriched Uranium: Mitigating the Risk
For terrorists seeking to develop a nuclear weapon or improvised nuclear device, the most challenging obstacle is the acquisition of enriched nuclear material. But after several security failures, there are concerns about whether the United States’ stockpile of HEU is secure.