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Deterrence Stability is a Hoax. The Delicate Balance of Terror is, Too.

Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “It has in fact become abundantly clear… since the dawn of the nuclear age, that the balance of terror is decidedly not delicate.” —Bernard Brodie, War & Politics Can we hold two contrary notions in our heads at the same time? Can we acknowledge that the delicate balance of terror and …

Trump Puts Sudan (And the World) “On Notice” over DPRK

Yesterday, the US State Department issued a really interesting announcement that President Trump was extending the review period for Executive Order 13761, which outlines steps for lifting certain US sanctions on Sudan. In explaining its rationale, State brought up concerns over Sudan’s implementation of DPRK sanctions. (You can be forgiven for having failed to notice. Trump …

Choosing a new OPCW head

On Thursday this week, seven candidates hoping to replace Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü will present their candidacies to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). They have been asked by Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, the chair of the Executive Council, to focus on two pertinent questions: the priorities and future challenges of the OPCW …

Safeguards Challenges in the Nuclear Weapons Ban

There are a large number of us who are deeply uncomfortable with the final text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, particularly as it relates to safeguards. Some supporters of the agreement have noted that it seems unreasonable for states that did not participate in the negotiation to complain about the outcome. …

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