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The inadequate US response to a major security threat: Climate change

Over recent decades, the United States has dedicated enormous resources -- in terms of money, manpower and national credibility -- to reducing the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and the global economic crisis. These commitments have been made not necessarily because the potential dangers are expected to materialize often -- many of them are low-probability risks -- but because the consequences if they do are so large as to be considered unacceptable.

Gimme shelter: The need for a contemporary civil defense program

Of the 15 terrorism and natural disaster scenarios used by the Department of Homeland Security for planning purposes, the first scenario is the most feared: Terrorists detonate a 10-kiloton improvised nuclear device at ground level in the National Mall in Washington at 10 a.m. on a weekday morning.
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The persistence of the radioactive bogeyman

Since 1950, a remarkable number of American and European horror movies have used radiation as a central plot device. It is a rich, if not distinguished, history. In fact, it is a mostly miserable history, full of bad production values, bad plots, and bad acting. But that doesn’t mean these radioactive B-movies are unimportant. They reflect the fears and misconceptions of their era as they relate to scientific advances—and scientific arrogance.
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No, it is not time to ditch the NPT

It would be reckless to throw away the only treaty that commits the major nuclear powers to work toward disarmament. Rather than eroding the NPT, here’s how we can strengthen it.

An Interview with Pavel Podvig

How have U.S.-Russian relations changed in the post-Cold War era?

Not as much as they should have changed. The Cold War confrontation had ideological and historic roots that are irrelevant today for either Russia or the United States. Unfortunately, however, the inertia of the Cold War has proved difficult to overcome, and the notion that nuclear weapons somehow contribute to national security persists.

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Bulletin names Noah Mayhew 2021 Leonard M. Rieser Award recipient 

Noah Mayhew, a research associate at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, was selected as the 2021 recipient of the Bulletin’s Leonard M. Rieser award. Mayhew, who focuses on nuclear arms control and IAEA safeguards, was selected for his July 8, 2021, article “A millennial’s view: ICBMs are ridiculous.” “Noah Mayhew’s piece brings a … Continued

Teaching biosecurity

In his keynote address delivered at the International Conference on Science and International Security: Addressing the Challenges of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism in Madrid on November 9, Sen. Richard Lugar, Republican of Indiana, stressed the need to expand the 20-year-old Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program, which he and former Sen. Sam Nunn, Democrat of Georgia, developed in 1991 to secure and destroy nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in the former Soviet Union.

The Trident Dispatches No. 3: Tony Blair’s forgetfulness

Two years ago, in an almost simultaneous policy turnaround, British Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed his determination to develop both a further generation of nuclear weapons and a host of new nuclear power plants--ideally before he left office. Though he made his personal preference (a staunch yes) clear in both cases, he and his government promised open debate and consultations that would involve "the wider public."

Steven Pinker: Real risks, undeniable progress

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s most recent book, Enlightenment Now, makes a detailed, data-driven argument that the world has indeed gotten better and can get better still. But what of the catastrophic risks that nuclear war and climate change pose to human progress? Here, in conversation with Bulletin senior editor Lucien Crowder, Pinker addresses those risks—and also addresses his published, highly pointed criticisms of the Bulletin’s signature Doomsday Clock.

Modest but meaningful steps to prevent proliferation in Turkmenistan

This five-year plan to address security gaps in Turkmenistan starts with a better-trained border patrol and adoption of European Union export controls.
International anti-money laundering reforms and Iran

International anti-money laundering reforms and Iran

An intergovernmental body that promotes international anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing standards just kicked the can down the road when it comes to Iran. Which may not be such a bad thing, depending on your perspective.

The very small Islamic State WMD threat

Fears that terrorists could get and use nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons are overblown

Israel and the WMD-free zone: Has Israel closed the door?

Last week, Israel's  influential paper, Haaretz, led its front page with a rather decisive headline: "Israel rejects US-backed Arab plan for conference on nuclear-free Mideast." The problem, however, is that the country announced no such decision.

What worries risk experts most? (Hint: It’s not what keeps Clinton and Trump up at night)

Risk experts identify the five biggest threats to the world—but the presidential candidates are focused on smaller issues.

A new organization for cybersecurity across the electric grid

To guard against cyber attacks on the North American electric grid, three experts recommend forming an industry-supported organization like the one created by the nuclear industry after the Three Mile Island accident.

The need for an Arab presence in international negotiations with Iran

Since 2002, the Iranian nuclear program has been a major threat to stability and security in the Middle East. To curb it, many countries and international bodies have engaged Tehran diplomatically. The European Union (EU) has shown unity and solidarity in dealing with Iran. Russia, the largest supplier of nuclear technology to Tehran, is also involved in the negotiations. Another active party is China, which has a strong economic relationship with Iran.

How the United States benefits if Iran’s economy booms

Will lifting sanctions on Iran have the desired effect?

Is the West prepared for an Islamic State attack?

Much has been written about Islamic State acquiring weapons of mass destruction, but more attention should be paid to how well Western nations are actually prepared for an attack.
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What the Iran deal means for blacklisted entities

Sanctions relief is easier said than done. A lot easier.