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John Mecklin

Editor-in-Chief

Articles by John Mecklin

8 May 2018
AmericasMiddle East

Trump withdraws from the Iran nuclear deal. What now?

John Mecklin

With his decision today to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, US President Donald Trump has put the long-term future of the deal in doubt, at the very least.

7 May 2018

Coming soon to a screen near you: A Trump decision on the Iran nuclear deal

John Mecklin

An impending US decision on whether to effectively end its participation in the Iran nuclear deal dominated the world media stage Monday, and President Trump heightened the drama by tweeting that he would make his decision Tuesday, rather than wait for a May 12 deadline.

1 May 2018
AmericasMiddle East

Bibi’s small reveal

John Mecklin

In a 20-minute video presentation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu detailed what he said was an Israeli intelligence coup—a cache of 55,000 documents and 180-some CDs full of information from secret Iranian nuclear files. Actually, however, Netanyahu “showed very little that we haven’t already been told.”

18 April 2018

Chemical weapons inspectors still delayed in Syria

John Mecklin

CBS News reported from Damascus early Wednesday that an advance UN security team "came under small arms fire and an explosive was detonated" at one of the two sites the team visited on Tuesday in the suburb of Douma.

2 March 2018
AmericasEurope/Russia

Putin and his new (animated) nuclear weapons systems

John Mecklin

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a state of the nation speech this week, sparking widespread alarm by describing five new Russian nuclear weapons platforms that, he said, were designed specifically to defeat American missile defense systems.

26 February 2018
AmericasEurope/Russia

Daniel Ellsberg on dismantling the doomsday machine

John Mecklin

Since the 1970s, Ellsberg has been deeply involved in efforts to reduce world nuclear arsenals and eventually eliminate them altogether. He and and Bulletin editor in chief John Mecklin spoke at length about how the danger of nuclear weapons might be conveyed more effectively to the general public. What follows is an edited transcript of parts of that wide-ranging conversation.

2 February 2018
Americas

The experts on the new Nuclear Posture Review

John Mecklin

A collection of expert commentary on the Trump administration's 2018 Nuclear Posture Review.

31 January 2018
Americas

North Korea and the State of the Union

John Mecklin

The president’s speech dealt with the United States’ main geopolitical rivals, Russia and China, in a single sentence. Sadly.

2 January 2018

Because it is the keeper of the Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is occasionally (if quite wrongly) accused of fear-mongering.

23 December 2017

The nuclear threat in 2017

John Mecklin

It was a year stained by the epithets “little rocket man” and “dotard” and full of all-too-many nuclear threats

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