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How likely is an existential catastrophe?

You’re far more likely to die in an existential catastrophe than you think. And the risk of such a catastrophe is growing.
An agricultural drone.

Why cheap drones pose a significant chemical terrorism threat

Cheap new drones may be increasing the risk of attacks on chemical facilities or chemical weapons use, even as Congress backslides on protecting against chemical terrorism.

Interview: California Congressman Ted Lieu on what you can do about existential threats

The best ways to influence your elected officials, from the point-of-view of an elected official.

More bucks for the bang

The cost of the nuclear weapons complex keeps going up, even as the size of the nuclear arsenal falls
A US Marine launches a lethal miniature aerial missile system during an exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. on Sept. 2, 2020. Credit: Jennessa Davey, US Marine Corps.

Phoenix Ghosts are part drones, part missiles. How does that change combat?

The US is sending Phoenix Ghost drones to Ukraine. These loitering munitions could transform ground combat by combining the maneuverability, usability, and flight time of a drone with the lethal effects of a missile.
French soldiers cooking in the Algerian Sahara in 1961.

A new window into France’s nuclear history

A wave of declassification is shedding light on French nuclear weapons development, especially in Polynesia, although some gaps remain.

Robot to the rescue

Inside DARPA’s competition to build a better humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief robot.

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.
bitcoin crash on screen of cryptocurrency exchange

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.
Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping

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.
American flag and moon rocket

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.