How Many Minutes to Midnight?

Doomsday clock (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)

by James Carroll Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Missile Program

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by Javad Heiran-Nia According to satellite imagery reported on by The Washington Post, Saudi Arabia is building its first factory to produce ballistic missiles. It is located at a missile base in al-Watah district, southwest of the capital of Riyadh.… Continue Reading  

Living the Nuclear Past–and Future

Registry for names of atomic-bomb victims in Nagasaki (Joshua Hawley via Shutterstock)

by Susan Southard Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane. Most were likely returning home on this holiday weekend or arriving to visit family and… Continue Reading  

Disarmament: The Forgotten Premises of Non-Proliferation

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by Seyed Hossein Mousavian  In an interview with the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced a German-led initiative on global disarmament, warning that technologically advanced weapons can soon transform science fiction into “deadly reality.” This announcement… Continue Reading  

A Saudi Bomb

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by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration’s handling of nuclear negotiations with Saudi Arabia promises to lay bare some realities about security issues and nuclear programs in that part of the world that the administration has refused to acknowledge. A… Continue Reading