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Tens of thousands of people came to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ website over the last week, looking for answers on what a new Trump administration means for the health and safety of our planet. As Bulletin editor John Mecklin writes, Donald Trump’s positions on serious questions have often ricocheted from side to side: … Continued

Vote for America

It's 3 minutes to midnight, and in America it’s time to vote. Here's what you need to know about the challenges the next president will confront. The stakes couldn't be higher. The Experts Comment: What Should Journalists (And Other Citizens) Ask The US Presidential Candidates About Nuclear Weapons The September/October subscription journal: A mix of … Continued

The Black Sea: Center of the nuclear black market

The Black Sea region is one of the world's critical crossroads, a strategic intersection of east -- west and north -- south corridors that enable the free flow of people, ideas, and goods from Asia to Europe and from former Soviet territory to the Middle East and Africa. It is also the center of the world's nuclear black market.

Right-Sizing the “Loose Nukes” Security Budget: Part 1

Highlighting the danger posed by nuclear terrorism and the need for an effective response, President Barack Obama came to office promising to "secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world within four years." The necessity of this goal is unquestioned. In fact, since 2004, at least four published official government reports have criticized the adequacy of the U.S. government's response to the threat of nuclear terrorism. The ability to achieve this objective, however, has been questioned.

Nuclear forensics: How science helps stop the trafficking of nuclear materials

If criminal drug traffickers in a relatively secure country like Australia could obtain uranium for no apparent reason, how many more radioactive materials must be out on the black market, available for purchase by the highest bidder?
The 2010 nuclear security summit in Washington, DC.

Would terrorists set off a nuclear weapon if they had one? We shouldn’t assume so

Terrorists could use a nuclear bomb in ways that don’t include detonating it. By planning for a range of scenarios, policymakers can prevent the worst outcomes from happening.

Nuclear Roundup: 7/19/2017

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. North Korea Moon Seeks 2020 Deal for Peace with Nuclear-Free North Korea South Korea’s President May Be Just the Man to Solve the North Korea Crisis A Template for Peace United States House bill keeps DOE Office of Science spending flat, … Continued

Sam Nunn on the Nuclear Security Index and slowing progress on safeguarding nuclear materials

Former US Senator Sam Nunn, co-architect of the Nunn-Lugar Act, talks to the Bulletin about his organization’s new Nuclear Security Index and the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit.

Why Latin America matters at the Nuclear Security Summit

It is a fact that nuclear terrorism is a global threat and has become a worldwide concern. But what is particularly frightening is that there is no clearly defined plan for securing all nuclear materials. According to the Nuclear Threat Initiative's (NTI) Nuclear Material Security Index, there is no global consensus about what steps matter most in achieving nuclear security.

A Presidential Policy Directive for a new nuclear path

The implementation of President Obama's Nuclear Posture Review is now occurring, out of public view but with potentially enormous implications, depending on the outcome. The Nuclear Posture Review was mandated by Congress to establish US nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities and forces for the next five to 10 years. In theory, it was intended to further President Obama's Prague agenda of reducing nuclear dangers and to work toward a world without nuclear weapons, but with global security.

Nuclear materials security: Cooperation is key

As South Korea prepares for the second Nuclear Security Summit, scheduled to take place in Seoul next March, the momentum for collective international action on nuclear terrorism must be sustained. In the months before the 2012 talks, states will have to work together to retain focus on the summit's ultimate goal -- securing vulnerable nuclear material worldwide -- or else risk taking a step backward in the fight against the menace of nuclear terrorism.
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Introduction: An innovative and determined future for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

In this issue—which marks the start of the 75th year of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists—respected strategic thinkers of this era explain where the Bulletin and its readers should focus their attention in coming decades. The issue also contains noteworthy pieces from the Bulletin archives, including work by Einstein, Oppenheimer, Gorbachev, Nixon, and Kennedy.

Nuclear Roundup: 10/16/2017

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Diplomacy with North Korea will continue ‘until the first bomb drops,’ Tillerson says A Secretive NYC Backchannel May Be the Best Hope For Avoiding War With North Korea It’s Too Late to Stop North Korea As a Nuclear State — But Here’s What We Can … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 5/8/2017

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. Iran Nuclear Deal Iran’s presidential candidates vow to uphold nuclear deal in televised debate House oversight panel to investigate Iran deal Editorial: Cleaning up the sordid Iran nuke deal mess CONSUL GENERAL DAYAN: NUCLEAR DEAL IS BAD, BUT IRAN COMPLYING IS … Continued

Practical nuclear questions for the presidential candidates, and the psychology of doom

The 2016 presidential race is unusual in many ways, but a silver lining of sorts has emerged: For the first time since Lyndon Johnson’s famous “Daisy” political ad during the 1964 presidential campaign, the control that the president of the United States wields over the US nuclear arsenal is under serious discussion. In his introduction … Continued

A Nuclear Security Summit primer

A quick guide to some of our coverage in the run up to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

Nuclear Roundup: 4/19/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Pompeo’s secret Korea trip may not save his nomination, but it could save Trump’s summit Trump says he’ll bail on North Korea talks if they’re not “fruitful” North Korea willing to discuss dismantling nuclear program, says Trump official North Korea wants total denuclearization, says Seoul … Continued

The effects of a single terrorist nuclear bomb

What would happen — environmentally, socially, economically, and politically — if terrorists managed to explode a single nuclear weapon in a city?

The full price of nuclear deterrence

We certainly can spend $1 trillion on nuclear forces at the expense of other military capabilities and domestic needs, but we may also gravely regret it. 

The present and the past: Nuclear weapons in 2015

Top articles on the nuclear weapons landscape from the Bulletin's experts.