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Senator Corker and the CTBT

Michael Krepon

Senator Bob Corker, the Republican Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, has taken issue with the Obama Administration’s decision to co-sponsor a UN Security Council Resolution and a companion P-5 statement reaffirming national moratoria against nuclear testing. This non-legally binding initiative would also urge the Treaty’s entry into force, now delayed for two decades, as …

Machine Plant managed by Ho Chol Yong

We spend a lot of time reading North Korean propaganda. One interesting thing the North Koreans do is try to obscure the location and purpose of certain facilities. There are a small number of facilities in DPRK propaganda that are identified by the name of the plant manager only. These have always interested me. What …

Donald Trump’s Challenge to Nuclear Orthodoxy

The belief system in nuclear deterrence makes the most sense at the most elementary level: nuclear weapons deter use by an adversary for fear of retaliation in kind. Deterrence therefore requires survivable nuclear capabilities. It doesn’t take much by way of force structure to convey the threat that leaves something to chance, which is the …

The Lesson of Nagasaki

Hiroshima gets all the attention, but Nagasaki teaches the more important lesson. The need to destroy Hiroshima will be forever debated, but the counterarguments were unpersuasive to President Harry Truman and Secretary of War Henry Stimson. A world war had taken the lives of tens of millions. Noncombatants were not spared. When a war-ending weapon …

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