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Pavel Podvig

Pavel Podvig

Articles by Pavel Podvig

28 January 2008

The truth about Russia's military "resurgence"

Pavel Podvig

Prideful talk of new missiles, submarines, and bombers actually reveals weak Russian leadership and a stubborn military-industrial complex that's preparing to fight yesterday's wars.

19 December 2007

How Russia's nuclear fuel delivery to Iran benefits nonproliferation

Pavel Podvig

By supplying Iran with nuclear reactor fuel, Moscow might have taken an important step in preventing countries interested in nuclear power from enriching uranium indigenously.

11 November 2007

U.S. nuclear weapons security--a "silly" notion

Pavel Podvig

At first glance, the U.S. military's response to the incident at Minot Air Base involving the transportation of six nuclear warheads across the United States was reasonably thorough and harsh--three colonel-rank commanders were relieved of their positions, the bomber wing at Minot was decertified from its wartime missions, and a number of air force personnel lost their certifications. More action will probably come in the next few months.

16 October 2007

Russia and nuclear disarmament

Pavel Podvig

U.S. political leaders such as Barack Obama might be willing to discuss making a nuclear-weapon-free world a reality, but in Moscow, the tone is decidedly different.

12 September 2007

U.S. loose nukes

Pavel Podvig

The idea that lax accounting, a violation of security procedures, and/or plain negligence could cause a warhead to disappear from a nuclear superpower's arsenal without notice was one of the scariest scenarios in the immediate post-Cold War period. More than a decade later, it turns out these concerns weren't unfounded. Such a scenario more or less occurred at the end of August. The only surprise was where it happened--not in Russia or one of the former Soviet republics as expected, but in the United States.

14 August 2007

How to make U.S.-Russian relations meaningful

Pavel Podvig

Russia seems amenable to working with the United States on arms control. But for any measures to succeed, Washington needs to be a willing partner.

2 July 2007

Why START is important

Pavel Podvig

The new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that Russia tested at the end of May probably sealed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty's (START) fate. The missile, named RS-24, appears to be a multiple-warhead version of the Topol-M ICBM that Russia has deployed for about a decade. A move toward a Topol-M with multiple warheads was all but inevitable, but not expected until START expires in December 2009.

22 May 2007

The U.S. and Russia's "ludicrous" missile defense rhetoric

Pavel Podvig

Welcome to the latest version of the missile defense debate, which doesn't sound all that different from the superpower posturing of the Cold War.

29 April 2007

Boris Yeltsin's arms control legacy

Pavel Podvig

Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first president, was never a cold warrior. Although he made his Soviet career in the Urals, the traditional stronghold of military-related heavy industry, his real background was in civilian construction. He ran the Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg) region in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a Communist Party boss, and although he was summoned to lead the Moscow party organization in December 1985, he hardly had an opportunity to involve himself in the details of the U.S.-Soviet nuclear superpower confrontation.

23 April 2007

A U.S.-Russian missile defense cooperative?

Pavel Podvig

Oddly enough, the U.S.-Russian row over missile defense is exactly what needed to happen for the two countries to start talking again.

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