• Jun 1, 2010

    FISSILE MATERIAL
    Koreas Ease Tensions With Small Gestures
    NY Times by Choe Sang-hun

    Russian Team Studies South Korean Sinking
    Moscow Times by AP

    Israeli Raid Complicates U.S.'s Mideast Strategy
    WSJ Capitol Journal by Gerald F. Seib

    U.N. Says Iran Has Fuel for 2 Nuclear Weapons
    NY Times by David E. Sanger and William J. Broad

    At nuclear conference, U.S. expects little, gains little
    WP by Mary Beth Sheridan

  • Jun 1, 2010

    By Oliver Bloom

    Sasha Polakow-Suransky’s new book The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa, detailing the secret relationship between Israel and apartheid South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s, managed to generate controversy and debate before it was even released. Joshua Pollack at ArmsControlWonk has a particularly detailed discussion about some of the book’s claims, and the discussion page is particularly worth a look. But discussion about the book should not be entirely hung up on the very brief portion of the book that discusses a possible offer by Israel to sell nuclear weapons to South Africa as part of a Jericho-missile deal. The main focus of Polakow-Suransky’s illuminating and engaging new book is not possible nuclear proliferation by Israel, but rather the extensive and secretive military cooperation between apartheid South Africa and Israel. 

  • Jun 1, 2010

     

    The Stimson Center has developed a new game, titled "Cheater's Risk," that challenges players to successfully break out in a world without nuclear weapons.  Check out the trailer for the game:

    The Stimson Center will also be hosting a launch event for the game this Thursday from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. 

  • May 28, 2010

    By Chris Jones

    News out of New York is that the NPT Review Conference has adopted a final document (the draft). Two major hurdles to adoption that were cleared include Iranian opposition to the consensus document and explicit mention of the other I word: Israel. After saying it could not accepted explicit mention of Israel, the U.S. gave in today and allowed Israel to be named.  GSN reports:

    The U.S. delegation reportedly accepted overnight the draft conference document's reference to Israel in the proposed section on steps toward implementing a WMD ban in the Middle East. However, it remained unclear whether Iran would agree to adopt the proposed final statement.
    "The decision by the U.S. government to allow Israel to be named in this regard was done with a little help from its friends," said Mark Hibbs, a senior associate at the Bonn office of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in New York for the conference. "Several European and Western delegations pleaded with the United States to name Israel in the interest of assuring a final document that would be approved by consensus, and the U.S. overnight agreed to it."

    The U.S. was quick, however, to conduct some damage control and walk their stance back by stating it “deeply regrets” that Israel will called out by name. In some respects, this seems like the worst of both worlds. Israel will feel slighted while other countries will point to the big asterisk attached to U.S. acceptance of the final document. But over time, the specifics will fade away. The 2010 Review Conference will be remembered for producing a final document, even if it is “not as sweeping” as 1995 and 2000, as opposed to the caveats countries tack onto that agreement.  The question is whether this could have a lasting effect on the U.S.-Israel relationship. 

  • May 28, 2010

    FISSILE MATERIAL
    North Korea to Suspend Naval Hot Line With South
    NY Times by Choe Sang-hun

    UN experts say NKorea is exporting nuke technology
    AP by Edith M. Lederer

    Diplomats say Iran removed equipment
    WP by George Jahn (AP)

    U.S. plans for Middle East missile shield take shape
    Reuters by Adam Entous and Jim Wolf

    Nuclear Nonproliferation Conference Faces Possible Collapse on Final Day
    GSN by Elaine M. Grossman

  • May 28, 2010

     

     
    By Sarah Bulley
     
    A leaked UN report disclosed the fact that North Korea is exporting nuclear technology to Iran, Myanmar, and Syria, in direct violation of UN Security Council sanctions. The Associated Press, which obtained the report on Thursday, states that the seven-member panel convened to monitor North Korean sanctions found evidence that the North Korean regime was using a number of tactics to evade detection:
     
    The experts said an analysis of the four North Korean attempts to illegally export arms revealed that Pyongyang used "a number of masking techniques" to avoid sanctions. They include providing false descriptions and mislabeling of the contents of shipping containers, falsifying the manifest and information about the origin and destination of the goods, "and use of multiple layers of intermediaries, shell companies, and financial institutions," the panel said.
  • May 27, 2010

    FISSILE MATERIAL
    SKorea holds navy drill; NKorea scraps sea accord
    AP by Kelly Olsen

    China comes to a realisation on Nth Korea
    The Australian by Michael Sainsbury

    Obama redefines national security strategy, looks beyond military might
    WP by Karen DeYoung

    As sanctions loom, is Iran sending peace signals to the US?
    CS Monitor by Scott Peterson

    Russia says Iran was deaf to its nuclear proposals
    Reuters by Dmitry Solovyov

  • May 26, 2010

     

    By Oliver Bloom

     

    The New York Times recently came out with an article about a secret directive signed by General David Petraeus that
     
    authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.
  • May 26, 2010

    FISSILE MATERIAL
    North Korea severs all ties with rival South Korea
    AP by Hyung-jin Kim

    Ahmadinejad urges Obama to accept nuke swap deal
    AP by Ali Akbar Dareini

    Hague reveals nuclear arsenal limit
    The Guardian by UKPA

    US House of Reps trying to block RF-US peaceful atom agt
    ITAR-Tass

    CBO says submarine program will be more expensive than Navy's estimates
    WP by Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg)

  • May 26, 2010

     

     
    By Oliver Bloom
     
    Even as the U.S. Senate debates ratification of the new START agreement and explores the future size and role of the American nuclear arsenal, a new force has emerged as a possible check on U.S. arsenal size. Long-term budget deficits and the ever-increasing size of the U.S. national debt may force the United States to radically restructure both its social safety net and its defense posture.
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