Compiling a year-end list of top Bulletin articles inevitably becomes an international undertaking. In the following set of impressive articles on the topic of nuclear weapons, for example, Bulletin authors opined and analyzed not only from the United States, but from Russia, China, Iran, Ukraine—and even, it seems, Westeros, one of the continents in the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones.
In 2014, the Bulletin's coverage of the nuclear dilemma was as varied in focus as it was international in scope. Here are a few pieces that illuminate important facets of what remains the world's most dangerous technology:
By Nikolai N. Sokov
A frightening justification for using nuclear weapons.
By William Tobey
A five-part series exploring the extraordinary diplomacy and intelligence efforts that led Libya and its quixotic leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi, to relinquish that country's weapons of mass destruction. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5.
By Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris
The nuclear nations have undertaken ambitious nuclear weapon modernization programs that present a challenge to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty community and appear to contradict promises to pursue a halt to the nuclear arms race and to seek nuclear disarmament.
By Robert Alvarez
The Y-12 National Security Complex has not produced weapons for some 25 years, but its annual budgets have increased by nearly 50 percent since 1997. The dysfunction must end, sometime.
By Dan Drollette Jr
Physicist, engineer, strategic thinker, Yale business professor, andauthor of The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger and the New Power Politics Paul Bracken talks about the lamentable state of US nuclear forces and ways to rethink the nuclear triad.
By Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson
Newly released documents on the NUMEC affair add significantly to evidence that Israel stole highly enriched uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant in the 1960s. Two former Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials say President Obama should declassify the entire record on the theft.
By Hui Zhang
Was it just a coincidence that Japan failed to disclose the existence of 640 kilos of unused plutonium? China wonders.
By Ariane Tabatabai
Is the West over-reacting?
By Timothy Westmyer
The inherent difficulties of managing fictional dragons and real-life nuclear weapons.
By Ian Stewart, Nick Gilliard, and Jonathan Brewer
A downside to the Internet: nuclear weapons proliferation.