Everyone is familiar with the nightmare in which they haven’t studied for tomorrow’s exam. As I’ve gotten older, and become a teacher myself, this nightmare has mutated into one in which I’ve forgotten to prepare the exam for my students! I recently had this nightmare in novel form on a subject I hold dear–international treaty verification.
Month: January 2010
Eight years ago, a German coalition government comprised of Social Democrats and Greens passed legislation phasing out the country’s nuclear power plants, which provide one-quarter of German electricity, after roughly 32 years of operation. Given that schedule, at least two of the country’s 17 nuclear reactors should be shutting down this year.
“As for the Taliban fighters, they not only don’t cherish life, they expend it freely in suicide bombings. It’s difficult to imagine an American suicide bomber,” Washington Post pundit Richard Cohen opined in a recent column.
Google’s surprise announcement of “a highly sophisticated and targeted attack” on its systems–a case of computer-aided espionage–has also raised the specter of offensive warfare. Defense News quotes Adm. Robert Willard of U.S.
We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons. For the first time since atomic bombs were dropped in 1945, leaders of nuclear weapons states are cooperating to vastly reduce their arsenals and secure all nuclear bomb-making material. And for the first time ever, industrialized and developing countries alike are pledging to limit climate-changing gas emissions that could render our planet nearly uninhabitable.
he Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) will move the minute hand of its famous “Doomsday Clock” at 10 a.m. EST/1500 GMT on January 14, 2010 in New York City. For the first time ever, the event will be opened up to the general public via a live Web feed at http://www.TurnBackTheClock.org.
As 2010 began, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki intensified the nuclear standoff between Iran and the United States when he announced that by the end of the month the West must accept Tehran’s counterproposal to a U.N.-brokered deal to meet Iran’s nuclear fuel needs. Iran’s counteroffer rejects a plan that the West insists had been agreed upon in principle to swap Tehran’s low enriched uranium for ready-to-use nuclear fuel.
The long-awaited report of the third Nuclear Posture Review is now scheduled for delivery to Congress on March 1. According to a recent New York Times article, the posture review will consider the prevention of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism to be equally as important as the nuclear deterrence mission.