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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.

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.

Establishing the next president’s national security agenda: Part I

With the presidential primaries ending this week, it's time to focus on the general election and the key national security challenges that the next president will face. Over the next three columns, I will outline what national security issues I think the candidates should be debating.

What strategic stability? How to fix the concept for US-Russia relations

Washington and Moscow have long had a verbal attachment to what they call “strategic stability”—a promise not to engage in nuclear brinksmanship and the basis for a constructive dialogue. However, as a concept, strategic stability has not aged well.

What Jeff Sessions as attorney general will mean for the Iran Deal

While the attorney general has no direct role, the actions of the Justice Department carry a ripple effect.
Ira Helfand, PSR

He helped found two groups that won the Nobel Peace Prize: Ira Helfand of PSR

His message is simple: Nuclear weapons are not a force of nature, and they are not an act of god. We have built these with our own hands, and we know how to take them apart.

Lawrence Krauss New Board of Sponsors Chair, Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman Chair Emeritus

Bulletin Media Contact: Janice Sinclaire, [email protected] CHICAGO– July, 21, 2015 – The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has announced that Lawrence Krauss has been elected Chair of the organization’s Board of Sponsors; Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman has been elected Chair Emeritus, marking the first time the Bulletin has bestowed such an honor. Lederman is an experimental … Continued