Recent reports suggest that President Obama is considering altering longstanding US nuclear policy by making a “no-first-use” declaration. Is this stabilizing or destabilizing? Does the current policy address current threats, or outdated ones? We’ve assembled some of our best writing on the subject—some recent, some from the archives. In a world in which every major … Continued
Month: August 2016
The Obama years have strengthened US alliances, but the next administration will have to work to strengthen deterrence too.
It is time to adjust US nuclear declaratory policy, because the circumstances that led US leaders to reserve the option to use nuclear weapons first in a conflict are long gone.
Werner Herzog's new documentary looks to be packed with interesting interviews and stories from the virtual frontier, a realm most Americans could probably stand to learn more about.
Mark your calendar for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ 2016 Annual Dinner on November 14th at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois! Last year’s dinner was a sell-out event with speakers like former Secretary of Defense William Perry and California Governor Jerry Brown, who reaffirmed both the importance of our work and … Continued
Lack of knowledge about capabilities and risks may contribute to strong support for using military drones.
As we approach Labor Day Weekend, there is an easily overlooked anniversary coming up. On August 31, it will be 70 years to the day since John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” was published in the pages of The New Yorker. Though it came out more than a full year after the actual bombing itself, the magazine article— … Continued
A professor of international law looks at some largely unexamined worst-cases in command-and-control of America’s nuclear weapons.
Should the USA say it would never use nuclear weapons unless attacked by an adversary using nukes?
Engineers built the Panama Canal to make a viable North American shipping route from the Atlantic to the Pacific. They likely didn’t expect that their descendants would create another one through global warming. Last week, the cruise ship Crystal Serenity set sail from Anchorage, Alaska, and is expected to cross the fabled Northwest Passage in … Continued
Two interns wonder why they seem to be more concerned than the 2016 presidential candidates about nuclear proliferation.
An American no-first-use commitment would reduce the risk of nuclear war at a time when arsenals are growing and tensions are mounting—particularly in Asia.
Many commentators have lauded the Rio 2016 organizers for taking time out of the Opening Ceremony to raise awareness about climate change. The organizers’ timing couldn’t have been better. At the rate the climate is changing many cities will simply be too hot to host the Summer Olympics in the coming decades, say researchers at UC … Continued
It’s sometimes forgotten that in March 2013 the head of America’s Pacific Command said the top security threat in the region was global warming. Simon Winchester thinks it’s worth remembering.
Missiles are a critical component of a country’s nuclear weapons arsenal, which is one reason why concern over missile proliferation is widespread among policy experts. Yet, there is no consensus on how to respond to the WMD missile challenge.
Nearly 900 inventors submitted proposals to fight the mosquito-borne disease. USAID chose the 21 best.
Highly publicized pro-nuclear reactions from a small minority provide a misleading impression of the likelihood that the Republic of Korea will actually pursue its own nuclear capability.
Thwarting the Iran nuclear deal would have boosted oil prices and helped Russia’s economy. Here’s why Russia went along with the deal anyway.
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.
New collaboration is needed between climate scientists and military strategists to assess the long-term effects of the most plausible scenarios of nuclear weapons use.