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
Would de-alerting missiles and adopting nuclear no-first-use policies reduce the risk of accidental war? Sure. But because half-measures such as these wouldn't eliminate nuclear weapons, they would do little to constrain missile proliferation.
Evidence is mounting that spent high-burnup fuel poses little-studied challenges to the temporary used-fuel storage plans now in place and to any eventual arrangement for a long-term storage repository.
The author argues that, since North Korea is not likely to eliminate its nuclear weapons soon, all parties should take pragmatic steps that will lower tensions, encourage responsible nuclear behavior, and set the stage for eventual disarmament.
Members of the Biological Weapons Convention will probably not change the treaty to accommodate for advances in genetic editing. But there is still plenty they can do to make sure Crispr and other new biotechnologies are used safely and peacefully.
The author argues that nations with a stake in peace on the Korean Peninsula should devote hard thought now to the prospect of a Syrian-style crisis in the North, in which nuclear weapons could be very much in play.
If President Obama is to have a lasting legacy of nuclear threat reduction, his administration needs to do far more than it has to clarify how harmful plutonium proliferation could be to keeping peace in East Asia and the world.