Do Nuclear Weapons Affect the Guns-butter Trade-off? Evidence on Nuclear Substitution from Pakistan and Beyond
2014–2015 Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow Ahsan I. Butt shows that nuclear substitution should happen only rarely in a new Conflict, Security & Development article.
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June 30, 2015
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
By Ariane Tabatabai, Former Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, 2014–2015; Former Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, 2013–2014
A discussion of the state of play in the apparent final days of the Iranian nuclear negotiations and the stumbling blocks remaining on the path toward a final deal
June 29, 2015
India in Transition
By Jayita Sarkar, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
"The middle powers' congruence between New Delhi and Paris expanded with French quest for nuclear technology partners outside Europe, especially for technology that had not already been proved to be economically viable. For much of the Cold War, French nonchalance toward nuclear safeguards, frequent foreign policy differences with Washington, and close ties between key Indian and French physicists helped further. From India's point of view, the CEA offered technological assistance, including active encouragement as in 1974, when no other atomic energy commission was willing to offer much."
June 26, 2015
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"As the court made clear, if consenting adults are not free to fall in love with whomever they are drawn to and to express that love openly in the institution of marriage, then they are being denied the full rights that other citizens enjoy and they are not in fact truly free. Today's decision eliminated this obvious contradiction between our ideals and our practices, and it should be celebrated for that reason alone."
June 23, 2015
Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday (and so many other summer gatherings) host Juliette Kayyem tracked down "the marshall of the mosh pit" Paul Wertheimer to learn more about what to fear in crowds, and how we can protect ourselves. Wertheimer is the founder and head of Crowd Management Strategies, a Los Angeles-based international crowd safety consulting service with a specialty in concert and festival safety issues.
June 23, 2015
The Huffington Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"...[A] new vignette in the North-South culture wars appeared in the form of an item on 18 June on BBC World News America: 'One of the Navy's most powerful missile cruisers, the USS Chancellorsville has arrived in Japan'....Though naming a United States warship after a Confederate victory is a rarity,...one may question the propriety of its being named as such at all."
By Nickolas Roth, Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
The United States and Russia are the two countries with the vast majority of the world's nuclear weapons and material. In an age of global terrorism, they share both a special responsibility in ensuring that they each employ effective nuclear security systems and an understanding of the unique challenge of securing hundreds of tons of nuclear material. For two decades, the United States and Russia lived up to this responsibility by working together to strengthen nuclear security in Russia and around the globe. That ended in 2014 when Russia halted the majority of its work on nuclear security with the United States. The negative consequences of that decision could seriously affect international security and cooperation in the nuclear realm.
June 11, 2015
By Daniel Sobelman, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"...[T]he kingdom's highly restrictive media environment makes it all the more difficult to gauge the real impact of the Houthi cross-border rocket campaign. Nevertheless, the Houthis' apparent ability to place Saudi assets at continuous risk could have a significant long-term impact on Riyadh's threat perception and willingness to engage in similar military campaigns against the Houthis."