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Crisis management: A good lesson to learn?

Last month three terror attacks once again struck Mumbai, killing approximately 25 people. The attacks turned out to be the doing of an India-based Islamist outfit, the Indian Mujahedeen, and did not involve Pakistan-based Islamist militants. In the media coverage since, terrorism experts on South Asia have posited that this attack was not a decisive shift in Islamist terrorism in India -- their argument, instead, was that Pakistan-based militants, increasingly autonomous in their operations, still remain the most likely source of a large-scale attack on Indian soil.

How Beijing can help prevent nuclear terrorism

China’s nuclear establishment needs a cultural shift.
Zanskar River, in the Himalayas

Climate change and water scarcity will increase risk of nuclear catastrophe in South Asia

Nowhere is the relation between the climate crisis and the increased threat of nuclear war clearer than in South Asia, where approximately 700 million people in India, Pakistan, China, and Bangladesh depend on the shared waters of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra river basins. These river systems, fed by Himalayan glaciers, are diminishing markedly due to climate change.
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Atomic Homefront: a film about struggling to live with Manhattan Project radioactive waste

The film tells the story of the communities living in the North St. Louis County as they fight against the illegal dump of radioactive materials at the West Lake Landfill and the contamination spread around Coldwater Creek. The film has a dramatic progression as an underground fire, known in bureaucratese as a subsurface smoldering event, on the Bridgeton side of the landfill gets closer to the West Lake side where the radioactive materials are located.
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Stolen billions from errant mouse clicks: Crypto requires new approaches to attack money-laundering

To stay ahead of the threat posed by virtual currencies, authorities will need to adapt existing rules and regulations about money-laundering, sanctions, and sending funds to rogue states.
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India–China border dispute: the curious incident of a nuclear dog that didn’t bark

The nuclear dimension of the recent border clashes was conspicuous by its invisibility. Can the rest of the world learn from it?
An Indian border outpost at Nathu La, in Sikkim.

Sticks, stones, and words: “Ugly stability” between India and China

The recent India-China border clashes demonstrate the ugliness of the “stability” that nuclear weapons have brought to Southern Asia.

Why the congressional strategic posture report is not about nuclear deterrence, but warfighting

The Commission paints a bleak picture of the near-term international security environment, but its recommendation to expand the US nuclear arsenal would make a bad situation worse.

The fiscal threat to nuclear strategy

If the Obama administration does not put in place an affordable nuclear weapons strategy for the coming decades, nuclear strategy will be set by bureaucratic struggles and congressional politics. This is not strategy; it is an accident waiting to happen.
Imran Khan of Pakistan (left) and Narenda Modi of India

India, Pakistan, Kashmir: Taking the war option off the table

On September 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This appearance will come at a time of great concern about the increasingly hostile relationship between their two countries. Now is a good time to resurrect an old idea proposed at various times by both India and Pakistan but never fully agreed: a binding commitment never to resort to war to settle their disputes.
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Bad moonshot rising: The moon’s dubious strategic value

Beating China to an objective that the United States aleady achieved 50 years ago would win few hearts or minds. It's an aim that seems of dubious worth in an international landscape defined more by geo-economic than ideological competition.

Putin’s folly in Ukraine

How Putin has undermined Russian interests with his actions in Ukraine, and why the United States needs to help Russia find a face-saving way to withdraw its forces from Crimea.
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How to keep South Korea from going nuclear

The South Korean public debate on the country’s future nuclear options has recently extended beyond the usual pro-nuclear, conservative fringe voices of the past. Still, South Korea’s opposition to nuclear weapons remains strong. But Seoul’s nuclear abstinence must not be taken for granted.

Obama’s test: Bringing order to the national security policy process

During the Bush administration, funding for the Defense Department, State Department, and Department of Homeland Security more or less doubled. But in all three cases, the goal of the budget increases wasn't to create functioning, efficient, and effective bureaucracies. Instead, it was to push a political agenda--at the cost of effective management. As a result, all three departments emerge from the last eight years less focused, less disciplined, and less effective.
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Counting the dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki

How many people really died because of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings? It’s complicated. There are at least two credible answers.

Russian nuclear weapons, 2024

Russia is modernizing all its Soviet-era nuclear-capable systems. We estimate that Russia now possesses about 4,380 nuclear warheads.

Most AI research shouldn’t be publicly released

Transparency in scientific research is undeniably valuable. But it would be a mistake for AI research to be completely transparent. To minimize harm, dual use technologies—especially those like AI that have weapons and biomedical applications—need restrictions on transparency.
IAEA nuclear safeguards inspectors with remote surveillance equipment

Round-the-clock surveillance of Iran’s uranium-enrichment sites continues, despite coronavirus

In-person, on-site inspections are continuing. And the IAEA also has 1,563 cameras, 866 surveillance systems, and a variety of other, on-site verification technologies installed at facilities around the world, allowing it to monitor nuclear activities remotely.