March 2020


Cover design by Thomas Gaulkin. 

In this issue, we focus on a long standing but now endangered pillar of the world’s nuclear threat management regime, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT. 



Participation in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Countries in red or orange are non-members.

The NPT turns 50: Will it get to 60?

Will the NPT's success in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons be reversed? Very possibly.
Republic of Korea Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets. Photo credit: ROK Air Force

How to keep South Korea from going nuclear

South Korea’s opposition to building its own nuclear arsenal remains strong but can no longer be taken for granted.
US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, look on as German Chancellor Angela Merkel communes with French President Emmanuel Macron during ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Why Germany won’t build its own nuclear weapons and remains skeptical of a Eurodeterrent

Acquisition of its own nuclear weapons has gained little traction in Germany, and French-German cooperation on a nuclear force seems unlikely for cultural and other reasons.
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at a 2017 G20 meeting in Hamburg.

Why US-Russian arms control can succeed even in a climate of confrontation

Historically, US-Russian arms control negotiations yielded results when both sides were clear about their intentions.
The NATO flag.

Can NATO evolve into a climate alliance treaty organization in the Middle East?

Why NATO needs to become a “Climate Alliance Treaty Organization” that deals with security threats created by climate change.
A Russian Topol-M mobile missile at a 2012 parade.

Russian nuclear forces, 2020

Russia’s nuclear arsenal includes about 4,310 warheads; 1,570 strategic warheads are deployed on ballistic missiles and at bomber bases, while an additional 870 strategic warheads and 1,870 nonstrategic warheads are held in reserve.
We erroneously reported a 2019 US presidential debate happened in 2020. We regret the error. Oh do we regret it.


In which we acknowledge that 2019 and 2020 are not the same year.

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