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My first column at World Politics Review argues that the United States should nudge the UK towards dumping the Trident replacement: Clearly, the United States cannot dictate British defense policy. Overt efforts to influence British decision-making might backfire, and in any case would seem inappropriate and heavy-handed. Nevertheless, the United States has an interest in […]

Unlikely Obsession?

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On November 11, 2009

I had the honor on Monday of Blogging Heads with Professor John Mueller, Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at the Mershon Center at THE Ohio State University. The topic was Mueller’

The Sanctions Question

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On October 8, 2009
Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, via Phil Korsnes: if Iran is as close to nuclear capability as it is claimed, it should have a strong interest in non-proliferation. Making it difficult for a newcomer to join the nuclear club would enhance the value of its own potential membership and dissuade rivals from taking a similar path. If a […]

Project Sapphire

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On September 30, 2009

The Washington Post had a nice article last week about Project Sapphire, the Clinton-era effort to spirit 600kg of enriched uranium out of Kazahkstan. If you haven’t read it, take a look; this h

Iranian Ballistic Missiles

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On September 14, 2009

It’s hard to say how to take this long post on the Iranian ballistic missile program; there’s a lot of detail, but where evidence is not openly available conclusions are always questionabl

India Gets a Boomer

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On July 27, 2009
Congratulations of a sort are due India, which just launched its first nuclear ballistic missile submarine. The boat was built with Russian assistance, which makes sense because it kind of looks like a Russian sub. Arihant is the first of three expected boats, which is a bit light for a sea-based nuclear deterrent; India must […]

Geoffrey Forden is no longer convinced that North Korea detonated a nuclear device: Let us suppose, for the moment, that the DPRK actually did explode 2,500 tons of TNT instead of a nuclear device. Ho

Channeling the Elders

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On July 13, 2009

If you wish to espouse a weakly conceived and difficult to defend policy propositions in a limited space, there’s no better strategy than finding a figure of age and respect to hand down the pro

The World Cannot Allow a Nuclear China…

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On July 8, 2009
Speaking of Chiang Kai Shek, I have a short article up at Foreign Policy comparing the Chinese and (purported) Iranian nuclear weapon programs: Even the Soviet bloc worried that the Chinese were crazy. The causes and course of the Sino-Soviet split are complex, but nuclear weapons were near the heart of the dispute. Chinese brinksmanship […]

North Korea Nuclear News

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On June 13, 2009

Fox News is reporting this morning that North Korea has declared the existence of its uranium program, and is threatening the weaponize its remaining plutonium. The New York Times confirms the latter,

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