Arms Control Wonk: Leading Voices on Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

New Construction at Yongbyon

Jeffrey Lewis

Josh Pollack, Dave Schmerler and I have a new analysis of satellite images showing that North Korea is resuming construction at a long-dormant nuclear reactor that, if completed, would increase its production of plutonium for nuclear weapons by a factor of ten. You can read the full analysis here. US officials declined to comment on …

Yippie! An Ippy!

Quote of the week: “The artist is nothing without the gift. The gift is nothing without the work.” – Emile Zola The Independent Book Publishers Association is the largest publishing trade association in the United States. It represents university, small, and mid-sized presses. Every year, the Independent Book Publishers Association has a competition to recognize …

The Use and Misuse of Nuclear Fear

Quote of the week: “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is … fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural address Arms controllers and deterrence strategists have at least one thing in common: …

American ASAT Controls

The U.S. has unilaterally committed to not conducting destructive anti-satellite missile tests! Jeffrey and Aaron walk through what the U.S. has actually normatively committed to, what this means for potential future attempts at arms control in space, and some of the institutional hurdles the U.S. must overcome for a long-lasting commitment to space-based arms control. …

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