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The Logic of Nuclear Superiority

Michael Krepon

Quotes of the week: “You show me a Secretary of Defense who’s planning not to prevail [in a nuclear war] and I’ll show you a Secretary of Defense who ought to be impeached.” — Caspar Weinberger, New York Times, August 24, 1982 “Strategic flexibility, unless wedded to a plausible theory of how to win a war …

The Strike on Al Kibar

Haaretz dropped an incredible article with new details about the 2007 Israeli air strike on the nascent Syrian nuclear reactor at Al Kibar. So we thought it would be a good opportunity to interrupt Jeffrey’s working vacation to talk about Al Kibar, the North Korean nuclear connection, and how our understanding of the event has …

A Passive U.S. Approach to the Next India-Pakistan Crisis?

Quote of the week: “Escalation is inherent in war both because the desire to win and the need not to lose.” – V.R. Raghavan, “Limited War and Escalation Control,” Nonproliferation Review, 2001. One common thread among the comings and goings of top national security advisers to President Trump is that none have much experience with …

Steve Coll on the Afghan Quagmire

Quotes of the Week: “The events of September 11, 2001, taught us that weak states, like Afghanistan, can pose as great a danger to our national interests as strong states…The United States will stand beside any nation determined to build a better future by seeking the rewards of liberty for its people.” — George W. …

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