Saudi Nukes and the Limits of Nonproliferation

By Ethan Kessler Last week, it was revealed that Saudi Arabia has built a facility for extracting uranium yellowcake from uranium ore, a key first step in producing nuclear fissile material. Riyadh’s diplomatic statements notwithstanding, it has been obvious for some time that the Gulf kingdom was eyeing a nuclear option. After all, the Saudis’ … Continue reading Saudi Nukes and the Limits of Nonproliferation

The administration wants to modernize the nuclear arsenal. It’s a bad idea.

By Ethan Kessler Nuclear weapons are not something most Americans feel the need to discuss. Maybe this is to blame for the ease with which the current administration is quietly implementing a nuclear weapons plan that is both astronomically wasteful and dangerous. It fails to better the country’s security while making the risk of nuclear … Continue reading The administration wants to modernize the nuclear arsenal. It’s a bad idea.

Why America can’t talk itself out of North Korea

By Guzi He Albert Einstein described insanity as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. Likewise, world leaders have repeatedly put faith in negotiating denuclearization with North Korea — despite their ritualistic handshakes and photo ops always ending in a flurry of missiles.  Since the February summit in Hanoi, Pyongyang … Continue reading Why America can’t talk itself out of North Korea

Who Killed Arms Control?

Image: Natalie Wu By Scott Strgacich The global nonproliferation architecture has had a horrible, no good, very bad year. In May, President Trump announced the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – the “Iran Nuclear Deal” – scuppering the only realistic (and demonstrably effective) route toward ensuring a … Continue reading Who Killed Arms Control?