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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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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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The third conference of the 2013 PONI Series will be held on December 17-18 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. Hosted in CSIS’s brand-new building, the event will feature presentations by rising professionals in the field as well as keynote addresses by nuclear experts. It will also include an evening reception and dinner for participants at the conclusion of day one (December 17). The conference program,…

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 By Nicolas Giacometti

   Last month, Chritopher Preble and Matt Fay, respectively PhD student at Temple University and Vice-President for defence and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, published an article entitled “To Save the Submarines, Eliminate ICBMs and Bombers”. They argued that the extra $60 billion needed for the development of the…

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Zero is an Imaginary Number

By Daria Azarjew

     The international security environment has undoubtedly undergone a dynamic transformation since the United States emerged victoriously from the Cold War. Nuclear weapons no longer play the same role as they did during the duel of the two superpowers. Considering the brink of destruction which the U.S.-Soviet nuclear deadlock threatened the world with, the current movement for a “global zero” is understandable. While the merits of attaining a world…

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Sanctions: A Counter-Proliferation Tool

By Daniel Campos

The United States has sanctioned Iran over its illicit nuclear program for the last 17 years. The 2010 sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations have been the most debilitating sanctions ever imposed on a state. As a result of these sanctions, Iran’s economy has stopped growing, and its currency has lost over 50% of its value.  These…

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