February, 2012

  • Feb 29, 2012
     
    By Mark Jansson
     
    On Monday night, PONI hosted a debate on whether the recent sanctions imposed on Iran will take the U.S. closer to achieving its ultimate policy goal of ensuring that Iran cooperates fully with the IAEA and commits to a nuclear energy program that is wholly and verifiably peaceful in nature.

  • Feb 29, 2012
    TOP NEWS
     
    North Korea Agrees to Curb Nuclear Work, U.S. Says
     
    Iran nuclear talks with six-nation group of powers set to be agreed
     
    IAEA sees signs of 'activities' at Iran site, say diplomats
     
    Nuclear disarmament's midnight hour
    Gareth Evans
     
  • Feb 28, 2012
    TOP NEWS
     
    South Korean opposition to pursue closer ties with North
     
    Iran Calls Nuclear Arms Production a ‘Great Sin’
     
    US has missile radar site in Turkey
     
    Nuclear weapons modernization: not fast enough for Kyl
    Walter Pincus
     
  • Feb 27, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    Pakistan and the FMCT
    Michael Krepon
     
    North Korean Leader Threatens ‘Retaliatory Strike’ Against South
     
    Iran may be "struggling" with new nuclear machines
     
    Iran uranium "discrepancy" still unresolved: IAEA

     

  • Feb 23, 2012
    TOP NEWS
     
    N. Korea, U.S. open first nuclear talks since Kim's death
     
    Iranian Leader Promotes Nuclear Plans
     
    European Union prepares to shut out Iran’s banks from major global financial clearinghouse
     
    S. Korea's Lee says nuclear security summit beneficial to regional security
     
    Would It Be So Bad If Iran Got Nuclear Weapons?
     
  • Feb 22, 2012

     Live Debate! Sanctioning Iran

     
    Featuring: Dr. Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution and Mr. Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
     
    Monday, February 27 (6pm to 8pm), Center for Strategic and International Studies, B1 Conference Room
     
    The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) is pleased to invite you to a debate on the recent sanctions imposed on Iran. These sanctions target Iran's banking sector and are widely believed to have had significant effects not just on Iran's ability to acquire materials for its nuclear program, but also its economy as a whole. Although many agree that Iranian development of a nuclear weapon would have serious security implications for the Middle East, questions about whether or not this is truly Iran’s intent and what the United States should do about it remain hotly contested. Does diplomacy still offer a means of resolving this issue and, if so, are the economic sanctions passed on Iran making a diplomatic solution harder or easier to achieve?
     
  • Feb 22, 2012
    TOP NEWS
     
    U.S., North Korea to hold first post-Kim Jong Il talks
     
    Iran defiant as U.N. nuclear talks fail
     
    Medvedev: Russia Will Counter U.S. Missile Defense
     
    What Counts as Progress in NK-US Talks?
    Evan Ramstand
     
  • Feb 21, 2012
     
     
    By Mark Jansson
     
    Saudi Arabia has been making some noise lately about what it would do in the event that Iran acquires a nuclear weapon. Prince Turki Al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief and ambassador to Washington, has said that a nuclear weapon in Iran's possession would "compel Saudi Arabia . . . to pursue policies that could lead to untold and possibly dramatic consequences." Another official was quoted as saying that "if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, that will be unacceptable to us and we will have to follow suit." This obviously poses a dilemma for U.S. policy: should it play up the Saudi threat in order to convince Iran that a nuclear weapon will do it no good, or would doing so constitute an embrace of selective proliferation and thereby do damage to its credibility and that of the nonproliferation regime?
     
  • Feb 21, 2012
    TOP NEWS
     
    N. Korean envoy arrives in China for talks with U.S.

    Yonhap

     
    Iran Warns of Pre-Emptive Action in Nuclear Dispute
     
    India, Pak agree to extend nuclear risk reduction pact for 5 years
     
    Putin vows to strengthen Russia's nuclear deterrence potential
     
    U.S. Nuclear Trade Policy Concerns Mounting on Capitol Hill
     
  • Feb 17, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    NK remains ready to test nuclear devices: official
     
    32 senators call for 'no containment' strategy for Iran
     
    Israel Fears Losing Nuclear Monopoly, Talks of War with Iran
    Avner Cohen
     
    President Obama, Deterrence and Nuclear Weapons
    Steven Pifer

     

  • Feb 16, 2012

    PONI Debates the Issues: Sanctioning Iran

    Maloney vs Rubin

    February 27, 6-8 PM

    The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) is pleased to invite you to a debate on the recent sanctions imposed on Iran. These sanctions target Iran's banking sector and are widely believed to have had significant effects not just on Iran's ability to acquire materials for its nuclear program, but also its energy sector and economy as a whole. Although many agree that Iranian development of a nuclear weapon would have serious security implications for the Middle East, questions about whether or not this is truly Iran’s intent and what the United States should do about it remain hotly contested. Does diplomacy still offer a means of resolving this issue and, if so, are the economic sanctions being passed on Iran making a diplomatic solution harder or easier to achieve?

  • Feb 16, 2012
    TOP NEWS 
     
    China urges IAEA to step up cooperation with Iran
     
    Iran Cites Nuclear Gains, Offers Talks
     
    U.N. nuclear watchdog set for high-stakes Iran talks
     
    GOP pushes back against any further cuts in nukes
    San Antonio Express
     
  • Feb 15, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    US bid to crimp Iranian oil sales to Asia stumbles
     
    Iran claims two steps to nuclear self-sufficiency
     
    Thai Police Say Israeli Diplomats in Bangkok Targeted by Iranian Bombers
     
    U.S. considers sharp cuts to nuclear force
  • Feb 14, 2012
    TOP NEWS
     
    U.S. to Meet With New North Korean Regime
     
    Iran's Chief Negotiator Views Cooperation as Basis for Dialogue
     
    DOE and NRC request budgets for FY 2013
     
    DOE FY13 Budget Unveiled – National Security (Nuclear) on Top
     
  • Feb 13, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    Japan atomic power defenders: keep ability to build nuclear weapons
     
    China Holds Talks With Iran on Nuclear Issue, Mehr Reports
     
    India Explores Economic Opportunities in Iran, Denting Western Sanctions Plan
     
    Russian sub carrying nuclear missiles during fire; govt had said none aboard
     
    Worst Ever Treaty Provisions

     

  • Feb 10, 2012

     

    Yesterday, the Arms Control Association (ACA) held an event “Diplomatic Strategiesfor Preventing a Nuclear Armed Iran” in conjunction with hosts from the Henry L. Stimson Center. The panel featured distinguished speakers Ambassador James Dobbins, Dr. Jim Walsh, and ACA’s own Peter Crail and Daryl Kimball. The experts provided discussion on the available diplomatic tools required to arrest rising tensions in the region and achieve a peaceful resolution through diplomacy. Each speaker highlighted a broad aspect of negotiations on the Iran program, shifting from content to context, offering perspectives on the prospects for successful engagement. Although panel members diverged on specific approaches, the overriding consensus of the group emphasized the need to act with great urgency to “restore international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature” of Iran’s nuclear program.

  • Feb 10, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    China to send senior official to Iran for nuclear talks
     
    Saudi Arabia To 'Immediately' Go Nuclear Should Iran Develop Bomb
     
    India says missile shield test a success
     
    Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Denmark to join nuclear security summit in Seoul

     

  • Feb 9, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    S. Korea, Russia agree on early resumption of N. Korea nuclear talks
     
    U.S. and Israel Split on Speed of Iran Threat
     
    EU asks India to pressure Iran over nuclear programme - report
     
    Russia urges support for its non-proliferation efforts

     

  • Feb 8, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    “Engage Iran” — What Does It Mean?
    Mark Hibbs
     
    U.S. inertia on N. Korea invites 3rd nuclear test: expert
     
    Senators irked by India’s Iran ties, stalled nuclear trade
     
    Edward Markey to introduce bill to trim nuclear capability

  • Feb 7, 2012
    TOP NEWS
     
    U.N. nuclear talks in Tehran: frustrated hopes
     
    Russia Voices Optimism about Future Talks between Iran, G5+1
     
    UN appeals India to ratify global nuclear test ban treaty
     
    Two DPRK Nuclear Tests in 2010?
    Jeffrey Lewis
     
    Kims, Kims, And Nothing But The Kims
    Toby Dalton
     
  • Feb 6, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    Possible North Korean Nuke Test Shows Power of CTBT Monitoring System
     
    President Obama: U.S., Israel in 'lockstep' on Iran
    Politico
     
    Russia May Boost Nuclear Potential - Deputy Defense Min.
     
    New START Treaty Implementation Update

     

  • Feb 3, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    North Korea opens door to talks with South Korea
     
    Panetta believes Israel may strike Iran this spring: reports
     
    Putin Slams U.S. Missile Shield Ahead of Munich Security Talks
     
    Obama’s Turn on Nuclear Weapons
    Joseph Cirincione

     

  • Feb 2, 2012

     

     By David Slungaard

    This past Tuesday, the American Security Project hosted an event featuring speaker Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller. The discussion, “New START: A Year Later- How New START Improved our National Security and the Next Steps with Russia,” focused on the legacy of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New Start) since it entered into force on February 5, 2011. Ms. Gottemoeller reported on the strategic and national security benefits provided by the mutual reduction of nuclear forces. Although Goetmoeller highlighted several successes under New Start, including the new verification instruments and increased measures for transparency, the Assistant Secretary also warned of the technical and legislative challenges facing future reduction efforts.
     
  • Feb 2, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    Israel says Iran has material for four A-bombs
     
    UN leader expects Israel at Mideast nuclear conference
     
    North Korea: End U.S.-South drills before talks
     
    U.N. Nuclear Monitor Agency Announces Second Visit to Iran

     

  • Feb 1, 2012

    By David Slungaard

    While commenting on series of a highly touted military exercises last Tuesday, Indian Army Chief, General V K Singh, provided some of the most concrete reporting on India’s widely controversial, and ‘undeclared’ military doctrine known as Cold Start. Careful to avoid referring to the doctrine by name- “there is nothing like Cold Start-,” General Singh was reported to say- “we have a ‘proactive strategy’ which takes steps in a proactive manner so that we can achieve what our doctrines and strategies (demand).” He continued with, “[i]n the next two years, even more changes will take place. We have done studies and made a plan to speed up deployments. We will have some new… changes in the method of mobilisation. What we did in 15 days, we now do in seven; and will do in three days in the future.”

  • Feb 1, 2012

    TOP NEWS

    A Window of Opportunity with North Korea
    Mark P. Barry
     
    Intelligence Report Lists Iran and Cyberattacks as Leading Concerns
     
    Netherlands to Host 2014 Nuclear Security Summit
     
    IAEA, Iran see more talks ahead on nuclear issue

     

  • Feb 1, 2012

     

    The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) is seeking an intern to support its effort to develop the next generation of leaders in nuclear science and policy. This effort is comprised of numerous activities, including a yearly Conference Series, the Nuclear Scholars Initiative, research by “next generation” working groups, international outreach events, a blog and associated live debate series, as well as other efforts.