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By: Daria Azarjew

     The last decade has seen North Korea's withdrawal from the NPT, Iran’s refusal to comply with IAEA inspections, and most recently, Syria’s violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. While both the United States and the international community have tried to address these violations of international norms, the one conclusion that can be drawn is that the United States does not have a workable grand strategy for dealing with weapons of mass…

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Accepting Submissions for the Winter 2013 edition of Nuclear Notes

Due Friday, September 20, 2013

Nuclear Notes is a semi-annual publication of the Project on Nuclear Issues that seeks to contribute innovative ideas to the broader discussion on nuclear weapons strategy, arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament. In particular, the publication seeks to provide an opportunity for…

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A great flurry of activity and concern has surrounded Russia’s diplomatic coup in Syria, with some commentators predicting Moscow's ascension to a position of influence in the region accompanied by a broader return to adversarial great power politics. Regardless of how the Syrian conflict resolves, Russia’s presence in the Middle East needs to be taken…

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By Kyle Deming

 

In a series of statements dating back to 2009 [1], Saudi Arabia has repeatedly asserted its capability and inclination to acquire a deterrent of its own if Iran successfully forces its way into the nuclear club. The significance of a poly-nuclear Middle East has driven policymakers and analysts to consider the likelihood that Riyadh will fulfill its promises.…
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The Nuclear Terrorism Threat - Preventing Catastrophe

By Angela Weaver

Recently a report was released by the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs outlining the terror threat facing U.S. nuclear facilities. The report focuses on analyzing risk assessment methods, arguing that those currently in place make it difficult to efficiently allocate resources that protect nuclear facilities, both private and federal, and as a result, the facilities…
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By Alexis Shklar


A turning point in the Russian-Iranian relationship could occur next month as Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares for his first talks with Iran since early July. President Putin’s aide confirmed that the Rouhani-Putin meeting will take place on September 13, 2013 in Kyrgyzstan during the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation…

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Interview with Dr. Clark Murdock, Director of the Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Adviser, CSIS
Questions posed by Raj Pattani, Research Intern, Project on Nuclear Issues

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.  We posed some questions to the director of the Project on Nuclear Issues, Dr. Clark Murdock, to ask him about his personal views on nuclear policy as we reflect on the implications of the first use of a…

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