• Apr 29, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    'Turkey snubs US ban on Iran Bank'
    Press TV

    Pakistan Tests Nuke-Ready Cruise Missile
    Global Security Newswire

    Syria Was Constructing Nuclear Reactor, IAEA Chief Suggests
    Global Security Newswire

    China's nuke envoy to visit N. Korea amid nuclear deadlock
    Yonhap News Agency

  • Apr 29, 2011

    By Talitha Dowds

    In an article by the Wall Street Journal, the author Michael Mazza, discusses the current downward spiral relations between Pakistan and its rival, India. According to Mazza, the likelihood of a “serious conflict” occurring between the two states is increasingly probable in the long term.

  • Apr 28, 2011

    By Jonah Friedman

    Last week U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller announced that the Obama administration has been working with both Russia and NATO allies to reduce the number of U.S. and Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Russia is believed to posses upwards of 5,000 such weapons, and the United States maintains some 200 in Europe. Until recently, the Russian government had not been open to pursuing reductions in this area, preferring to wait and see how the New Start Treaty is implemented. That treaty, signed by the two erstwhile Cold War adversaries last year, committed the two sides to cuts in their respective strategic stockpiles, but did not address the issue of tactical weapons. However, in ratifying the treaty, the Senate obligated the administration to pursue reductions in tactical weapons as well, and the administration has several times voiced its hope that a deal can be reached.

  • Apr 28, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    North Korea Demands U.S. Security Pledge to Give up Nuclear Program: Carter
    Global Security Newswire

    North Korea making progress at nuclear site, says US think tank
    AFP

    Iran Waiting for Another Nuclear Jump
    Fars News Agency

    Russia tests missiles amid nuke talks
    UPI

    Court Denies Appeal by Nuclear Smuggling Suspects
    Global Security Newswire

  • Apr 27, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    Radiation Readings at Tepco Plant Rise to Highest in Crisis
    Bloomberg, By Tsuyoshi Inajima and Michio Nakayama

    Malaysia Still Investigating Seized Sensitive Cargo
    Global Security Newswire

    Govt calms N-nerves with watchdog vow
    Telegraph (India)

    Russia may lead global nuclear safety debate - Rosatom
    RIA Novosti

    A visit to Chernobyl
    New York Times, By Ban Ki Moon

  • Apr 26, 2011

     

    By Kelley Sayler

    Twenty five years ago, the international community was shaken by a catastrophic nuclear disaster, the effects of which are still being felt to this day.  On April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl Power Plant near what is now Pripyat, Ukraine sustained a massive meltdown, immediately killing roughly 30 workers and exposing hundreds of thousands of liquidators and evacuees to significant levels of radiation.   

  • Apr 26, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    U.S.-Russia Defense Technology Pact in the Works
    Global Security Newswire

    Pakistanis Indicted in U.S. Over Mumbai Attacks
    Global Security Newswire

    IAEA declares Pakistan nuclear program safe
    Dawn

    Iran: Country under attack by second computer virus
    Washington Post

  • Apr 25, 2011

    By Kelley Sayler

    As Global Security Newswire reports, a recent UN Panel of Experts has determined that North Korea continues to use “foreign missions and front firms to illegally sell and acquire missile- and nuclear-associated technology.”  These activities are unsurprising given the country’s shortage of hard currency, as well as its known interest in securing a uranium-based weapon.  And while much attention has been afforded to their contribution to vertical proliferation within North Korea, it is important to additionally consider their role in advancing horizontal proliferation in allied states such as Burma. 

  • Apr 25, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    Iran says it has detected second cyber attack
    Reuters, By Ramin Mostafavi

    U.S. Air Force Changes Mind -- Again -- on Funds to Study ICBM Options
    Global Security Newswire, By Elaine M. Grossman

    Deadlock Persists as Disarmament Body Ends Session
    Global Security Newswire

    10 NATO Countries Want More Transparency for Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons
    FAS Strategic Security Blog, By Hans M. Kristensen

  • Apr 22, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    Evacuation zone widened beyond 20km from Fukushima nuclear plant
    Kyodo

    Revolutionary Guard chief:  Iran can hit ships as far away as Indian Ocean
    AP

    Pakistani Missile Seen as Response to India's "Cold Start" Strategy
    Global Security Newswire

    Russia to Boost Ballistic Missile Manufacturing, Putin Says
    Global Security Newswire

    U.S. to seek agreement with Russia on tactical nuclear weapons reduction
    RIA Novosti

  • Apr 21, 2011

     

    By Mark Jansson

  • Apr 21, 2011

    By Kelley Sayler

    In a Sunday op-ed for the Financial Times, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon reiterated the Obama administration’s declared interest in achieving “a world without nuclear weapons.”  To this end, Donilon stated, the administration will “seek to bring the Comprehensive Test Ban treaty into force, while pursuing a further treaty to ban the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons.”  In addition, it will seek to initiate a more expansive round of bilateral negotiations, following the implementation of New START, that will include both non-deployed and tactical nuclear weapons. 

  • Apr 21, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    Unsure about nuclear power? Here's the five questions you must answer to decide
    The Guardian

    Seoul Mayor Warns Against U.S. Nukes in South Korea
    Global Security Newswire

    North Korea Using Front Companies For Nuke Program, U.N. Panel Finds
    Global Security Newswire

  • Apr 20, 2011

    By Talitha Dowds

    A senior U.S commander on the Korean Peninsula was quoted in an NTI Global Security Newswire article saying that the “North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il is not likely to give up a nuclear deterrent he views as essential for “regime survival.” General Walter Sharp, during a Capitol Hill hearing, when asked if he thought “there were any circumstances under which the ailing leader could be convinced to accept nuclear disarmament,” responded by stating, “to answer your question directly, no, I do not see that he will give up his nuclear capability.” Additionally, according to Secretary Robert Gates, “North Korea is within “half a decade of acquiring a ballistic missile that could strike the continental United States.” What is the international community to do? Six-party talks have been stalled since 2008; sanctions, while isolating the state, are somewhat ineffectual given Beijing’s protection of Pyongyang; and the insecurity on the Korean peninsula is making South Korea increasingly unnerved to the point of no longer feeling protected under the US security umbrella.

  • Apr 20, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    North Korea Prepared to Detonate Third Nuke Device, South Says
    Global Security Newswire

    Iran Rules Out Nuclear Discussion at Future Talks
    Global Security Newswire

    Protest Against Indian Nuclear Plant Turns Violent
    Wall Street Journal

    U.N. chief urges "global re-think" on nuclear safety
    Reuters

  • Apr 19, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    Iran will not hinder plans for a nuclear-free world
    Financial Times, By Tom Donilon

    Lab halts Web access after cyber attack
    Knoxville News Sentinel Blog, By Frank Munger

    NATO Head Spurns Russian Call For Unified Antimissile System
    Global Security Newswire

    Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable missile
    AFP

    N. Korea Ready for Nuclear Weapons Test at Any Time: NIS Chief
    Arirang

  • Apr 18, 2011

    By Talitha Dowds

    According to a Reuters article 40% of India’s population, which is approximately 500 million people, are without energy. Those with access to electricity cannot count on having it 24 hours a day, reported the NY Times today. Furthermore, according to Reuters, “India, which has a total installed power generation capacity of 164 gigawatts (GW), aims to raise it to 187 GW by the end of March 2012. Even this target is modest, given a 12 percent peak-hour power shortfall that crimps the country's near 9 percent economic growth.” Therefore, the rush to make up for the shortfall of energy, namely through nuclear energy, is at the forefront of the Indian’s government agenda. The Japanese nuclear crisis, however, is halting such a process.

  • Apr 18, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    TEPCO aims to achieve 'cold shutdown' for reactors in 6-9 months
    Kyodo

    Iran test-fires home-made missile system: media
    Xinhua

    25 years on, Chernobyl fallout still an eco-hazard
    AFP, By Richard Ingham

    Monitors may help detect rogue nuclear activity
    MSNBC, By Charles Q. Choi

    House Panel Approves Bill to Increase Nuclear Trade Deal Oversight
    Global Security Newswire, By Martin Matishak

  • Apr 15, 2011

    By Kelley Sayler

    At a Monday event jointly hosted by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and the Federation of American Scientists, Henry Sokolski delivered a presentation entitled “After Fukushima:  Rethinking the Case for Nuclear Power’s Expansion.”  The presentation detailed a variety of concerns that should be resolved before nuclear power is expanded. 

  • Apr 15, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    How will Mr. Obama respond to Iran’s nuclear progress?
    Washington Post

    "Big Challenges" in U.S.-Russian Tactical Nuke Talks, Samore Says
    Global Security Newswire

    India increasing safety features at nuclear plants
    Straits Times

  • Apr 14, 2011

    TOP NEWS

    Nato aims to oust Qadhafi: Clinton
    The Gulf Today

    U.S. urges China to push N. Korea toward denuclearization
    Yonhap News Agency

  • Apr 13, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    N. Korea won't give up nuke capability - U.S. general
    Reuters

    Details Emerge on North Korean Missile Launch Site
    Global Security Newswire

    South Korea To Field National Antimissile System by 2015
    Global Security Newswire

    How can Fukushima crisis be rated as severe as Chernobyl?
    Christian Science Monitor, By Pete Spotts

    Nations Seen On Course to Meet Nuclear Security Pledges
    Global Security Newswire

  • Apr 12, 2011

    By Talitha Dowds

    After attending the panel discussion on, “A Middle East WMD Free Zone Conference: Preparing for Success,” at the 2011 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, I couldn’t help but think – Has the West shot itself in the foot with regards to Iran? The phrase, “if it’s not broken don’t fix it,” also sprung to mind as while the current duel track avenues used for negotiating with Iran have been successful in isolating Iran from the international community ,and intern, inhibiting their nuclear program, it appears this mechanism is becoming increasing exhausted and has failed to bring Iran’s program to its knees. The current duel track strategy may not yet be broken but it appears to be reaching its use by date. Therefore, isn’t it time to try something new?

  • Apr 12, 2011

     

     

     

    By Kelley Sayler

    The 2011 Nuclear Policy Conference, hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, featured numerous panels on a wide variety of topics within the nuclear field.  A full list of events, as well as audio/video recordings and transcripts can be found here.

    The panel on Two Triads:  India-Pakistan-China and China-US-Russia was chaired by Toby Dalton (Carnegie).  Discussants were Sergey Rogov (Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies), Hua Han (Peking University), Ashley Tellis (Carnegie), and Syed Rifaat Hussain (Regional Centre for Strategic Studies).

  • Apr 12, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    Japan Nuclear Disaster Put on Par With Chernobyl
    New York Times, By Hiroko Tabuchi, Keith Bradsher and Andrew Pollack

    Ex-U.N. Panel Head Worries About Another North Korean Nuke Test
    Global Security Newswire, By Lee Michael Katz

    Iran to build new nuclear research reactors-report
    Reuters

    Expert Says Myanmar Could Delvelop Nuclear Weapons with Help from N. Korea
    Arirang

    Former Top Diplomats Urge New U.S.-Russian Nuke Cuts
    Global Security Newswire

  • Apr 11, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    Israel ruled out Iran strike in 2005: Wikileaks
    AFP

    Iran confirms factory producing centrifuge parts
    AP

    Pak Completes N-Plant Project with Chinese Help
    Outlook India

    India’s secret base for N-subs underway
    Deccan Herald, By Kalyan Ray

    Russia Demands "Red-Button" Role in NATO Missile Shield
    Global Security Newswire

  • Apr 8, 2011

    TOP NEWS

    Implementation of U.S.-Indian Atomic Deal Moving Forward
    Global Security Newswire

    Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive / Israel accused Turkey of aiding Iran's nuclear program
    Haaretz

    Sanctions Fail to Halt North Korean, Iranian Nuclear Ambitions: Top Expert
    Global Security Newswire

  • Apr 7, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    China Could Pull Some Missiles Targeting Taiwan
    Global Security Newswire

    North Korean Heir Apparent Expected to be Promoted
    Global Security Newswire

    Iranian-Venezuelan Bond Poses Threat: U.S. General
    Global Security Newswire

    Expert Offers Blueprint for Global Nuclear Weapons Cuts
    Global Security Newswire

    South Asia's Looming Arms Race
    Wall Street Journal, By Bruce Riedel

  • Apr 6, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    Africa Faces Its Own Nuclear Power Challenges
    VOA News

    Securing the Cities Program Made Permanent
    Global Security Newswire

    Why Fukushima Won't Kill Nuclear Power
    Wall Street Journal

    Moving Ahead on Reducing Nuclear Arms
    New York Times by Madeleine Albright and Igor Ivanov

  • Apr 5, 2011

    By Talitha Dowds

    Last week at the Carnegie Conference a discussion entitled, “Deep Reductions: Stability at Low Numbers,” talked about a number of issues revolving around the US and Russian commitment to further reduce their nuclear arsenal through the New START Treaty as well as the Chinese perspective on nuclear weapon numbers.

  • Apr 5, 2011

    By Talitha Dowds

    In Prague, on April 5 2009, Obama presented his vision for a world without nuclear weapons. The international community responded positively and nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation was once again on the agendas of world governments. Obama was not naïve in his assertions however; he knew that the probability of reaching such a goal was unlikely to occur in his life time. Despite this, steps, however small or big have taken place – the New START treaty, the Nuclear Posture Review, the Nuclear Security Summit and the NPT Review Conference, to name just a few. The question remains however, two years on from Obama’s Prague speech, how successful have the initial steps been in realizing his hopes?

  • Apr 5, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    The Larger Game in the Middle East: Iran
    New York Times, By David E. Sanger

    British Submarines to Receive Upgraded US Nuclear Warhead
    FAS Blog, By Hans Kristensen

    Poland Takes Over Anti-WMD Program From U.S.
    Global Security Newswire

    Pentagon Suspends Shipments of Missile Interceptor Warhead
    Global Security Newswire

    Promises, Promises: Obama's Mixed Results on Nukes
    Associated Press, By Desmond Butler

  • Apr 4, 2011

    Today marks the first day of the PONI Spring Conference, at the Nevada Support Facility in Las Vegas. The conference discussions for today consisted of the following topics: Future Scenarios for Nuclear Strategists and Policymakers, Future Nuclear Requirements and Capabilities and Verification and Detection Challenges. The conference papers for the above discussions will be posted shortly on PONI’s website.

  • Apr 4, 2011

     


     
     
    By Kelley Sayler
     
    The 2011 Nuclear Policy Conference, hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, featured numerous panels on a wide variety of topics within the nuclear field. A full list of events, as well as audio/video recordings and transcripts can be found here.
     
    The panel on Extended Deterrence and the 21st Century was chaired by Paul Schulte (Carnegie). Discussants were Ken Jimbo (Keio University), Lukasz Kulesa (National Security Bureau, Poland), and Sinan Ülgen (Carnegie.)
     
  • Apr 4, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    Nuclear power is safest way to make electricity, according to study
    Washington Post

    More than one in 10 nuclear power plants at risk from earthquakes
    Independent

    IAEA Auditors to Examine Syrian Nuclear Site
    Global Security Newswire

    Efforts to Plug Japanese Reactor Leak Seem to Fail
    New York Times

  • Apr 1, 2011

    TOP STORIES

    S. Korea's Lee says N. Korea not sincere on talks
    AFP

    Polish, Turkish Experts Open to U.S. Withdrawing Nukes From Europe
    Global Security Newswire, By Rachel Oswald

    U.S. Places $695M Missile Defense Order
    Global Security Newswire

    Oak Ridge nuclear plant prone to quake
    Nashville Business Journal

    Pakistan in Nuclear Upswing
    Huffington Post, By Olli Heinonen