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The North Korean Missile Threat and Alliance Reassurance

Aaron Stein

The DPRK launched a small satellite using its latest SLV, the Kwangmyŏngsŏng. In response, the United States and its regional allies deployed missile defense systems to defend their population from the DPRK threat. One problem: the systems deployed had no hope of shooting down the DPRK rocket. Today’s podcast explores the politics of alliance reassurance …

Convoy Directions from the 816th Launch Brigade

A light yet wonky Friday post at the end of (another) heavy North Korea week… After my post last week on a special Spring Festival PLA Rocket Force training exercise, several colleagues helpfully pointed out where the training exercise might have occurred. I made a map last night illustrating the possible routes a convoy of …

Coming Simorgh Launch?

It seems Iran is going to launch a satellite into orbit soon, but the question is when. As I noted recently, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told the Majlis that Iran would conduct a space launch during the festivities to mark Iran’s revolution, which should run from 1-11 February. Other Iranian officials, however, have suggested that Iran …

The Nuclear Test Ban, Twenty Years Later

Twenty years since completion of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty negotiations, the Treaty remains in limbo because of its non-entry-into-force provision. States recognized by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as having the Bomb didn’t want to shut the door completely against renewed testing. They got half a loaf: no entry into force, but no testing. Those …

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