An inert non-nuclear B53 training weapon is displayed during an event commemorating the dismantling of the final B53, the nation's biggest nuclear bomb, at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, Oct. 25, 2011.


NPT Provides Clues to Future Nuclear Order

May 22, 2015

The Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), one of the world’s key restraints on the spread of nuclear weapons, came under scrutiny during the past month at a United Nations review conference. As international law since 1970, the NPT has played a major role in reducing the danger of nuclear war and offers insight into today’s nuclear challenges and the future of the global nuclear order, Graham Allison writes in The Atlantic and The National Interest.

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May 20, 2015

"Don't Weaken Our Defenses Against Nuclear Smuggling"

The Hill

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Nickolas Roth, Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom and Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom

"When smugglers carrying deadly radioactive cesium-137 emerged from the woods near the Armenian-Georgian border in August 2014, the police were waiting. They were far from any fixed radiation detector.  But the Georgian security services learned the smugglers chose not to use the official border crossing because there was a radiation detector there — driving them right into the police’s arms on the wild border.  Had there been no radiation detector at the official border crossing, the smugglers would have passed through without detection..."



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May 2015

"Diamonds are Not Forever—Knowledge is Power"

New African

By Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa

Africa's economic transformation through innovation is within reach. But this cannot be effectively pursued while continuing to be hobbled by the untenable view that industrial diversification needs to start with adding value to the continent's materials.



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May 19, 2015

"US hosts Gulf allies in vain Camp David meeting"


By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Camp David summit last week among the United States and the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states ended with a fluffy communiqué whose mutual courtesies revealed no significant changes in either side’s positions. The troubling and ironic aspect of this event is that both sides were fixated on new security and military measures to address insecurities in the region — many of which exacerbated and some created by their own military policies and distorted threat perceptions. "



May 18, 2015

"Abu Sayyaf Raid: Messing with the Heads of ISIS"

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"..[T]he orchestrated U.S. government announcements about the documents, computers and other financial materials that were captured in the raid have got to make a lot of ISIS leaders very nervous. And it is likely to make members of ISIS who have avoided the violence of the battlefield — men like Sayyaf — believe that not even an office job is safe."



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