The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
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Leonard Weiss is a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. For more than 20 years, he worked in the US Senate as Sen. John Glenn’s staff director on the Governmental Affairs Committee, writing legislation and leading investigations in the areas of nuclear proliferation and nuclear safety. He was the lead Senate staffer on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978 and the Glenn Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. He is a former tenured professor of applied mathematics and engineering at Brown University and the University of Maryland.
The difference between past nonproliferation failures and the current Iran agreement is made clear by the record of nuclear diplomacy involving four countries that did not sign the NPT or withdrew from it: Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea.
The Lavon Affair, a failed Israeli covert operation directed against Egypt in 1954, triggered a chain of events that have had profound consequences for power relationships in the Middle East; the affair’s effects still reverberate today.