September 2018


In this issue, four top experts examine some of the complex issues that will arise, if the world's nuclear nations ever come to their senses and begin serious negotiations toward new agreements to reduce the size of their nuclear arsenals.  


Destruction of North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. Photo credit: Voice of America

North Korean verification: Good enough for government work?

Any verification regime for eliminating North Korean nuclear weapons is likely to involve uncertainty. But a degree of uncertainty might be an acceptable price to pay.
Presidents Obama_and_Medvedev_sign New START in April 2010. Photo by:

Washington-Moscow nuclear verification: Tensions and solutions

The outlook for further US-Russian arms control is not bright today, but both sides should develop new verification techniques in case unexpected breakthroughs occur.
Monitoring options for dismantled nuclear warheads

International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification: A foundation for future arms reductions

Through the IPNDV, the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the US State Department are engaging with more than 25 countries to build global verification expertise.
UN/IAEA inspectors examine suspect equipment in Iraq following the 1991 Gulf War. Photo Credit: IAEA Action Team

How the IAEA verifies if a country’s nuclear program is peaceful or not: The legal basis

A detailed look at the methods the International Atomic Energy Agency uses to create a comprehensive picture of a state’s nuclear program.
A schematic of TerraPower's Molten Chloride Fast Reactor

Burning waste or playing with fire? Waste management considerations for non-traditional reactors

Why some advanced nuclear reactor technologies—funded for their supposed waste management benefits—will actually exacerbate spent fuel disposal issues. 
The West Lake Landfill Superfund Site, circa 2014. Photo by: Kqueirolomce

Chronic long-term risk of low-level radiation exposure: Bridging the lay/expert divide

The failure of experts and lay people to understand one another has fueled conflict around the clean-up of many sites contaminated by the US nuclear weapons program. 

Ventilator blues: Infectious disease expert Tom Inglesby on the next major pandemic

Will the next pandemic pathogen more likely be naturally occurring or engineered?

Pakistani nuclear forces, 2018

The authors estimate that the country’s stockpile could realistically grow to 220 to 250 warheads by 2025, if the current trend continues.

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