Month: January 2010

Down the rabbit hole of BWC verification

Down the rabbit hole of BWC verification

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.

Germany’s slowing nuclear phaseout

Germany’s slowing nuclear phaseout

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.

It is 6 minutes to midnight

It is 6 minutes to midnight

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.

Sanctioning Iran further won’t work

Sanctioning Iran further won’t work

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.