The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s tenth review has been delayed yet again by the coronavirus pandemic. For the postponed review to have the best chance of success, here’s what all the treaty’s parties need to do in the meantime.
While the United States needs Tehran to stop its enrichment program, the Islamic Republic is fighting for survival.
Many of the developments that we saw in North Korea complete during Kim Jong Un's tenure so far were initiated by his father and his grandfather. So, there is a story here that involves all three Kim's but certainly Kim Jong Un will be remembered in North Korea for crossing the most important threshold, which includes bringing the United States into range with ICBMs
Iran apparently has not abandoned this ambition to acquire nuclear weapons, but at the same time sees no urgency in achieving this aim, while also seeking to minimize the risks entailed pursuing it. Therefore, Israel's intelligence assessments on the timing of Iran's nuclearization have consistently proven wrong.
The AUKUS security pact between Australia, the UK, and the United States will create precedents that could be used by other countries to pursue nuclear weapons. Here’s how the partners could reduce this risk.
To try to find common ground, this report presents nine detailed practical measures that—implemented individually or as part of a package—would help address each state’s specific security concerns and the shared dangers of arms racing and inadvertent escalation.
But the greatest danger that this careless stunt highlighted is to a different potential target: high-altitude satellites used for nuclear command and control. Those critical satellites face the threat of being attacked by co-orbital anti-satellite weapons, that is, other spacecraft with offensive capabilities.
Bush claimed the United States needed to leave the treaty to protect itself. Now it’s clear that was a mistake.
Just as the 1970s and 80s brought more clarity about the USSR’s nuclear intentions, the West needs to understand more about China’s objectives in its nuclear modernization — while also being willing to talk frankly about its own.
For U.S. planners, the projected expansion of China’s arsenal is yet another sign of deepening and destabilizing military-technological competition with the United States. Nevertheless, neither the Chinese military or the Pentagon report say much about the goals of China’s nuclear strategy and whether the goals of that strategy are expanding to include nuclear first-use.