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George Kennan on the Bomb

Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: To my mind, the nuclear bomb is the most useless weapon ever invented. It can be employed to no rational purpose. It is not even an effective defense against itself.” — George Kennan George Kennan holds the distinction of being the only person to publicly and accurately predict both how the …

The Russell-Einstein Manifesto

Quote of the week: “Only lack of mutual trust, and not lack of desire for agreement, can stand in the path of an efficient agreement for the prevention of nuclear warfare.” –The Franck Report, June 11, 1945 The “Magna Carta” of the Pugwash movement is the Russell-Einstein Manifesto. Bertrand Russell was a polymath who led …

Who Lost North Korea?

As Jeffrey likes to say, the Singapore summit of June 2018 was a goat rodeo—the contained chaos that results from putting some kids with ropes into a corral with some, well, kids. It looks like this: That makes last month’s summit in Hanoi something a bit different: a scapegoat rodeo. As events go, it’s much …

What’s Up at Sanum-dong?

Recent activity at a North Korean rocket production facility suggests that North Korea may be preparing a space launch, based on new evidence. The Second Academy of Natural Sciences (SANS), located near Sanum-dong, outside of Pyongyang, is North Korea’s primary developer of ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles. SANS has its own production facilities in …

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