Sharon Squassoni

Articles by Sharon Squassoni

4 March 2018

Threat assessment: Potemkin Putin versus the US Nuclear Posture Review

Sharon Squassoni

Just weeks before the next national election, Russian President Vladimir Putin did all but set off fireworks celebrating Russia’s military might in his March 1 address to the Federal Assembly (Russia’s legislature). Putin clearly intended to fan domestic flames of nationalism and pride in advance of his certain re-election. The messages for his international audience, especially Americans who are the intended target of those new weapons systems he announced, however, were mixed.

2 November 2017

The Trump administration has no shortage of new approaches to old problems, but the impatience exhibited by the US commander-in-chief appears to make it difficult for the administration as a whole to follow through on policies that do not yield immediate results.

10 July 2017

A controversial ban and the long game to delegitimize nuclear weapons

Sharon Squassoni

Supporters apparently are not deterred by the prospect that the nuclear weapons ban treaty may be ignored by the countries that possess all the world’s nuclear weapons. After all, 70 years of hollow promises of nuclear disarmament have accustomed them to play the long game. They are gambling that the new treaty will lead to the erosion of legitimacy for nuclear weapons.

16 May 2017

A failure in discretion: the meaning of the Trump leak to the Russians

Sharon Squassoni

One hopes that President Trump will not want to show off his “great” nuclear weapons as much as he wanted to share his “great intel.”

25 January 2017
AfricaAmericasAsiaEurope/RussiaMiddle East

It is 30 seconds closer to midnight

Lynn EdenRod EwingSivan KarthaHerbert LinSuzet McKinneySteven MillerRaymond T. PierrehumbertRamamurti RajaramanRobert RosnerJennifer SimsSusan SolomonRichard C. J. SomervilleSharon SquassoniDavid Titley

The full text of the Bulletin Science and Security Board 2017 Doomsday Clock statement, which moved the Clock to two and a half minutes to midnight.

2 January 2017

Can nuclear energy be much help when it comes to fighting climate change? Or have nuclear energy advocates greatly overstated their case?

2 September 2016

Center for Strategic and International Studies expert Sharon Squassoni suggests some online searches for citizens and journalists to school themselves before the 2016 US presidential elections.

22 January 2016
AfricaAmericasAsiaEurope/RussiaMiddle East

It is still three minutes to midnight

Lynn EdenRobert RosnerRod EwingLawrence M. KraussSivan KarthaThomas R. PickeringRaymond T. PierrehumbertRamamurti RajaramanJennifer SimsRichard C. J. SomervilleSharon SquassoniDavid Titley

In keeping the hands of the Doomsday Clock at three minutes to midnight, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board mean to make a clear statement: The world situation remains highly threatening to humanity, and decisive action to reduce the danger posed by nuclear weapons and climate change is urgently required.

19 January 2015
AfricaAmericasAsiaEurope/RussiaMiddle East

Three minutes and counting

Lynn EdenRobert RosnerRod EwingSivan KarthaEdward "Rocky" Kolb Lawrence M. KraussLeon LedermanRaymond T. PierrehumbertM. V. RamanaJennifer SimsRichard C. J. SomervilleSharon SquassoniElizabeth J. WilsonDavid TitleyRamamurti Rajaraman

Today, more than 25 years after the end of the Cold War, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board have looked closely at the world situation and found it so threatening that the hands of the Doomsday Clock must once again be set at three minutes to midnight.

5 December 2014

Talk is cheap: Washington attends the humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons impacts

Sharon Squassoni

Why is the United States now participating in the humanitarian initiative after having previously declined to do so?