Obama Nuclear Deal

Why Obama’s Nuclear Nonproliferation Commitments Fell Short

Obama’s presidency has served as an object lesson in the limits of a US president’s ability to shape a global nuclear order amid competing factors, abroad and domestic.

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North Korea Announces Rocket Launch February 8-25

North Korea’s peaceful space launch activities do double duty for its military program.

UN High Representative Kim Won-soo with CNS Director William Potter

UN High Representative Kim Won-soo on Global Threats and Challenges

From North Korea to the Middle East, the senior UN official gave an overarching view of the contemporary security environment.

Nuclear test at Yucca Flats, Nevada. Source: National Atomic Veterans of America (naav.com)

Xenon and Particulates: A Qualitative Discussion of Sensitivity to Nuclear Weapon Components and Design

Scientist-in-residence Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress looks at how radionuclide measurements can help determine information about North Korea’s January 7 nuclear test.

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Iran Deal Provides Greater Opportunity for Regional Stability

In an unstable Middle East neighborhood, most people hope for the best and plan for the worst.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

A Turning Point in the Iran File: Implementation Day

With new IAEA report, the Iran Deal’s “Implementation Day” is now underway.

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Video Analysis of North Korean Missile Test

The media show interest as CNS experts analysis of North Korea’s missile test video was found to be manipulated and the test itself a failure.

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Behavioral Economics and Nuclear Weapons

This CNS report explores implications of research in behavioral economics for policies related to nuclear weapons including nonproliferation efforts

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2015-16 CIF Online Teachers Workshop

The 2015-16 Critical Issues Forum Project started with an online teachers’ workshop.

New Dual-Degree Program with Russian University

New Dual-Degree Program with Russian University

Joint studies in nonproliferation, terrorism, and international affairs, undertaken in Monterey and Moscow, to begin in 2016.

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Middle East Next Generation of Arms Control Specialists Network (MENACS)

Young Middle Eastern professionals to work with delegations at the Biological Weapons Convention.

Proliferation and Trade Management Awareness Seminar for Cambodian Officials

Proliferation and Trade Management Awareness Seminar for Cambodian Officials

CNS seminar in Cambodia aimed to build nonproliferation awareness and capacity in Southeast Asia.

Ambassador Robert Mikulak, CNS Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Washington, DC office (Source: OPCW)

Leading WMD Experts Named CNS Distinguished Visiting Scholars

CNS welcomes Ambassador Robert Mikulak and Carlton Stoiber to our Washington, DC office.

Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons

Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons

Video Seminar with Dr. Andrew Futter, Visiting Scholar: The lecture took place on November 24, 2015.

A highly trained and specially equipped quick response unit of the Estonian army, from the 1st Scouts Battalion, secures a road in rural Estonia during Exercise SIIL/Steadfast Javelin. (Source: nato.int)

Ensuring Deterrence against Russia: The View from NATO States

This CNS report analyzes key NATO states’ threat perceptions of Russia, and provides recommendations in advance of the July 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw.

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Making Sense of the Military Dimensions of the Iranian Nuclear Program

Experts from CNS and VCDNP are available for analysis and comment.

Cary Neiman

CNS and VCDNP Council/Board Member Honored

CNS wishes to congratulate Cary Neiman on being selected as a Distinguished Honoree for the Philanthropy Day 2015.

Dr. Philipp Bleek and Dr. Chen Kane

Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) – Lessons Learned

On November 9-10, 2015, CNS and the Lugar Center held a workshop that was part of a project supported by DTRA.

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International Cooperation on WMD Nonproliferation

A new book edited by Jeffrey W. Knopf, MIIS Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies M.A. program chair.

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Putin’s Doomsday Machine

The very real and very scary details of the nuclear drone Russia wants to build—and how the US should respond.

Video: Russia, Ukraine, and the West: Causes and Consequences of the Current Conflict

Russia, Ukraine, and the West: Causes and Consequences of the Current Conflict

Video of a seminar with Matthew Rojansky on October 21, 2015.

CNS Visiting Fellows Program alumni from Latvia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan featured with current and former CNS staff members

CNS Training Makes Impact in Eurasia

International conference in Kazakhstan demonstrates CNS’s “multiplier effect” across generations and regions.

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Turkey’s Nuclear Move: Deciphering the Developments

Turkey’s burgeoning nuclear capability should not be likened to that of Iran.

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Arbatov Discusses Russian Military Intervention in Syria

Alexei Arbatov on the future of US-Russian relations in the aftermath of Russian military intervention in Syria.

Speaker: Tristan Volpe

The Goldilocks Principle of Cutting Nuclear Deals

Video of a seminar with Tristan Volpe.

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Bad chemistry: ISIS and mustard agents

ISIS may be able to manufacture its own mustard gas, continuing a decades-long history of chemical weapons use in the region.

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New High Resolution B-Roll of North Korea Sites & Missiles

High resolution B-roll footage of North Korean nuclear sites and missiles is available for use by broadcast journalists, policy makers, and analysts.

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Xi in the US

There’s a glaring absence on the Xi-Obama agenda this week: nuclear weapons.

MENACS founder Dr. Chen Kane with Network members in Prague

Next Generation of Middle East Experts in Prague

The one-of-a-kind network of arms control experts reviews past projects and looks forward to the future.

Training Course for Professionals in Chemical, Biological Weapons

CNS Deepens Background of USG Personnel in Chemical, Biological Weapons

CNS offered US government a one-week course on key issues relating to chemical and biological weapons.

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“Nuclear 101”: New Tutorial from CNS & NTI

A new tutorial uses interactive tools to help researchers understand why nuclear materials are unique and how they can be used to generate power—and peril.

NATO and the Baltics

NATO and the Baltics: Regional Views on Deterrence Needs

Some NATO members are pushing for a stronger conventional deterrent against Russia, while acknowledging recent measures are steps in the right direction.

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Nuclear Whistle-blower Vanunu Is Israel’s Edward Snowden

Mordechai Vanunu’s first TV interview in Hebrew revealed the intensity of Israeli vindictiveness.

Approaches to Nuclear Cooperation

Approaches to Nuclear Cooperation

The US-South Korea nuclear cooperation agreement has implications for future nonproliferation efforts.

Upcoming Event Washington DC

New WMD Policy and Arms Control Course in DC

The deadline for the WMD policy course for practitioners is October 14, 2015.

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CNS Director in Cuba

The purpose of the visit was to explore possible collaboration between CNS, Middlebury and Cuba’s Higher Institute of International Relations.

CNS Welcomes 2015 Visiting Fellows

CNS Welcomes 2015 Visiting Fellows

CNS is pleased to welcome another bright, exciting group of Visiting Fellows for the Fall 2015 semester.

Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal with Sam Farr

Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Conversation with Congressman Sam Farr

CNS and MIIS hosted a conversation with Congressman Sam Farr on the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, August 31.

Russian Cruise Missiles and Implications for USNATO

Russian Cruise Missiles and Implications for US/NATO

A new round of Russian cruise missile tests are stirring up yet another source of contention between the United States and Russia.

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Can Japan Become a Bridge-Builder for Nuclear Disarmament?

Japan is uniquely positioned to build bridges in nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. But will it have the courage to lead?

Overview of the Pyongsan Uranium Mine and Uranium Concentration Plant.

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North Korea Increases Uranium Production

Closer scrutiny of North Korea’s uranium resources may help arrive at more accurate estimates of their nuclear weapon stockpile and capability.

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Magical Thinking and the Real Power of Hiroshima

The 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing is a big moment to take stock of where we are, how we’ve gotten here, and where we’re headed.

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Summer School on Disarmament and Nonproliferation in Mexico City

CNS and the Mexican Foreign Ministry held the 2nd annual Summer School on Nuclear Disarmament & Nonproliferation in Mexico City, July 13-17, 2015.

India-China Strategic Relations and the Nuclear Dimension

India-China Strategic Relations and the Nuclear Dimension

Video lecture by Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd), Adjunct Fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

CTBTO Eminent Persons in Seoul

CTBTO Eminent Persons in Seoul

CNS Director William Potter facilitated a meeting of the CTBTO Eminent Persons Group in Seoul, South Korea.

Security: Are We Safer in the Dark

Security: Are We Safer in the Dark?

Video lecture by Thomas Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Radiological and Nuclear Security Tutorial

Online CBRN Awareness Training – Five Lessons Learned

We learned five lessons through the “Project 10” course on chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.

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Israel can live with the Iranian nuclear deal, can Netanyahu?

Israel can live with — and even benefit from– the Iranian nuclear deal. Can Netanyahu?

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Understanding the Fuel Cycle in the Iran Agreement

CNS’s scientist-in-residence discusses the ways the Iran deal closes all possible routes to the bomb.

Replacing High-Risk Radioactive Sources

Occasional Paper: Replacing High-Risk Radiological Materials

CNS researchers offer governments a roadmap to replace high-risk radioactive sources with non-isotopic alternatives

Heading Off an Even Bigger Problem in Iran

Heading Off an Even Bigger Problem in Iran

The deal may not be ideal, but when viewed in historical and hypothetical context, it is incredibly strong.

Iran Deal Buys Time: John Kerry and Wendy Sherman

Iran Deal Buys Time: Now America’s Real Work Begins

The Iran deal is merely a first step toward a long-term process of managing the nuclear risks it poses.

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High Ranking Officials Praise MIIS at 2015 Carnegie Conference

Statements by Rose Gottemoeller, US undersecretary of state for arms control & Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty

The Science Behind the Deal

The Science Behind the Deal

The P5+1 needs to be assured that even if Iran expels inspectors and enriches enough uranium for a bomb, there is time for a sufficient response to be organized.

US and Iran Flags (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Media Advisory: Understanding the Final Iran Agreement

Experts from CNS and VCDNP are available for comment on a range of aspects pertaining to the final Iran nuclear deal and its implications.

North Korea Bioweapons Program

North Korea’s Bioweapons Program

Analysis of images of the Pyongyang Bio-technical Institute reveals North Korea can produce regular, military-sized batches of biological weapons, specifically anthrax.

What a Real Liberal Foreign Policy Would Look Like

What a Real Liberal Foreign Policy Would Look Like

A self-proclaimed lapsed philosopher offers a liberal’s view of effective foreign policy for the twenty-first century.

Highly Enriched Uranium-Free Zones

The Case for Highly Enriched Uranium Free Zones

Regional HEU-free zones would help cement a global norm against civilian HEU use and strengthen nonproliferation and disarmament efforts.

Amb. Taous Feroukhi, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, CNS Director William Potter, and CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo

Vienna Diplomats Assess NPT Review Conference Outcome  

Diplomats examine the outcome of the 2015 Review Conference and its implications for the future of the nonproliferation regime.

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Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Fuel Bank: A New Nonproliferation Tool

A former Soviet facility that once produced fuel for nuclear submarines now has the chance to play a key role in reducing the spread of nuclear weapons.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano

IAEA Director General Amano Keynotes CNS Anniversary

IAEA Director General delivered the keynote address at the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Could low-enriched uranium be used in naval reactors

Could low-enriched uranium be used in naval reactors? Don’t ask the Navy.

Congress should commission qualified experts to conduct an impartial review, at classified & unclassified levels, of naval LEU use.

Is ISIL a Radioactive Threat

Is ISIL a Radioactive Threat?

How serious is the threat that Islamic State terrorists could acquire and use a radioactive “dirty” bomb?

Saudi Arabia Can Build a Bomb

Sorry, Fareed: Saudi Arabia Can Build a Bomb Any Damn Time It Wants To

Fareed Zakaria’s assertion that Saudi Arabia can’t build a nuke is simply wrong– and its not all that hard to demonstrate why.

Kazakh Senate President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev with Bill Potter

An Oral History of the Nunn-Lugar Program

Kazakhstan hosts a three-day conference to discuss cooperative efforts to secure and eliminate WMDs.

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The Great Iranian Low-Enriched Uranium Stockpile Panic

There is something broken about how reporters and pundits are covering the Iran negotiations.

Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP)

VCDNP Welcomes New Executive Director

The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) is delighted to welcome Laura Rockwood as its new Executive Director.

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How can we push for tighter security for nuclear weapons?

Despite progress toward improving security for civilian nuclear materials, there is little appetite to open a discussion on developing security guidelines for these dangerous materials and weapons in military programs.

William Potter and Ambassador Labbé, High Representative Angela Kane and Austrian Ambassadors  Martin Sajdik and Alexander Kmentt.

MIIS and Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sign MOU

The parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation, particularly in nonproliferation and disarmament areas.

How will the failure of the 2015 NPT Review Conference affect the goal of the weapons of mass destruction free zone in the Middle East?. Photo: Eric Constantineau. Creative Commons License.

Hope for the Middle East WMD Free Zone?

How will the failure of the 2015 NPT Review Conference affect the goal of a Middle East WMD-free zone? A personal and political perspective.

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Great, Now China’s Got Multiple Nuclear Warhead Missiles?

Does China’s new MIRV capabilities alter its nuclear posture? And is this in direct response to US missile defense programs? Jeffrey Lewis explains.

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A New Roadmap to Minimize and Eliminate HEU

Despite progress, risks posed by highly enriched uranium remain. A new joint report from CNS, NTI, and FMWG lays out a roadmap with five pathways to ending civilian and naval HEU use.

Closing plenary of the 2015 NPT Review Conference

Nuclear Negotiations Fail in New York

Disagreements over the Middle East, the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, and an international legal prohibition against them prevent NPT state parties from reaching agreement on a final document.

CNS Director William Potter with UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane

Angela Kane Receives Honorary Degree at MIIS Spring 2015 Commencement

MIIS confers honorary doctorate to UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane.

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Naval Nuclear Propulsion: Assessing Benefits and Risks

Video: A lecture by Dr. Charles D. Ferguson.

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Tracking Growth in Dual Use Commodities in Southeast Asia

New research aims to help the region prepare for upcoming WMD proliferation challenges.

Fresh Ideas for the NPT

Fresh Ideas for the NPT

A symposium at the NPT Review Conference featured young academicians presenting their fresh ideas for reinvigorating the three pillars of the NPT.

Middle East Nuclear Race

Middle East Nuclear Race More Rhetoric Than Reality

The logic of chain-reaction proliferation in the Middle East is critically flawed. Time for a reality check on the region’s nuclear capacity.

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CNS Fellows Spring 2015 Program

The CNS Fellows Spring 2015 program draws to a close with six graduates from Bulgaria, Pakistan, Columbia, China, and Yemen.

Biotechnology E-commerce

#21 Biotechnology E-commerce: A Disruptive Challenge to Biological Arms Control

Researchers find biotechnology e-commerce has significantly disrupted the effectiveness of export controls.

Iran Nuclear Deal Roundtable Discussion

Iran Nuclear Deal Roundtable Discussion

Video: a roundtable discussion was held on April 9th, 2015 with Jeffrey Knopf moderating.

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Education as a Tool for Advancing the NPT

Join us May 4 at the Bah’a’i UN Center to explore ways to amplify disarmament and nonproliferation education efforts.

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WMDFZ in the Middle East: What Now?

CNS will host a panel event during the NPT Review Conference to explore ways toward a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction.

Decreasing the Risk of Iran Developing Nuclear Weapons

Decreasing the Risk of Iran Developing Nuclear Weapons

Video lecture with Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress on March 26, 2015

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Russia Becomes the Middle East’s Preferred but Flawed Nuclear Partner

With little notice, Russia is on the verge of becoming the nuclear Wal-Mart of the Middle East.

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Syria Agrees to Return Highly Enriched Uranium to China

Miles Pomper comments in Al-Monitor on Syria’s decision to repatriate highly enriched uranium to China.

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2015 NPT Review Conference Resources

Resources including Action Plan Monitoring report, Briefing Book, factsheet, and analysis.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Congratulates CIF participants

Student Conference Held in Hiroshima for 70th Anniversary

American and Russian High School Students Joined Japanese Students in Hiroshima for Nuclear Disarmament Conference

The construction site near Dinoma in the Negev desert for Israel's then-secret nuclear reactor were taken during the last months of 1960. [ Src: http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb510/ ]

The US Discovery of Israel’s Dimona Complex

Israeli cover stories about the Dimona Complex Reactor dismayed US officials who saw a “clearly apparent lack of candor.”

2015 NPT Monitoring Report

2015 NPT Monitoring Report – Disarmament

Implementation of the conclusions & recommendations adopted at the 2010 NPT Review Conference Disarmament – Actions 1-22

UK Nuclear Force Options Beyond 2032

UK Nuclear Force Options Beyond 2032

Video Lecture with Toby Fenwick on March 24, 2015

Des Browne, Rose Gottemoeller, Bill Potter

CNS 25th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC

Over 130 alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the first quarter century of the Center, at a gala reception on March 25, 2015.

United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Academic Symposium on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)

The symposium will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York City on April 28th, 2015.

One Missile May Hide Another: Phillip Mauger

One Missile May Hide Another

Video lecture: Honor thesis seminar by MA candidate, Philippe Mauger.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Media Roundup

With the completion of the Iran nuclear deal, CNS experts share their comments and helpful resources.

Image courtesy of ForeignPolicy Blog.

The Future of US-ROK Nuclear Cooperation

Critics of the new US-ROK nuclear cooperation agreement overlook the future of Korea’s nuclear program and energy security.

Video FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Small Drones

FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Small Drones

Video Lecture with Dr. George Moore on February 25, 2015

2015 Annecy Workshop

2015 Annecy Workshop: Looking for Common Ground Ahead of the NPT RevCon

CNS hosted the Annecy Workshop in France on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

China's ambitious plans for nuclear energy

China’s Ambitious Plans for Nuclear Energy

Analysis of China’s nuclear nuclear energy program and potential exports by Stephanie Lieggi and Miles Pomper.

Hiroshima Autumn

2015 Critical Issues Forum in Hiroshima for the Atomic Bombings 70th Anniversary

American & Russian high school students to join Japanese students in Hiroshima

Safeguards Course 2015

International Safeguards Course: Deadline Extended

Deadline extended to March 19, 2015 for the course and internships.

Nuclear Weapons and European Security: Dr Bruno Tertrais

Nuclear Weapons and European Security

Video Lecture with Dr. Bruno Tertrais and Dr. Nikolai Sokov on February 24, 2015.

Iran's Uranium Stockpile: Nuclear Worker

Decreasing the Risk of Iran’s 5% Enriched Uranium Hexafluoride Stockpile

Using Reprocessed Uranium to denature Iran’s 5% stockpile of UF6

NPT Review Conference: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Coalitions to Watch at the 2015 NPT Review Conference

CNS experts discuss how cross-regional coalitions might influence the 2015 NPT Review Conference.

Radiological and Nuclear Security Tutorial

New Mobile-Friendly Tutorial on Nuclear & Radiological Security

A new mobile-friendly online tutorial on the risks posed by nuclear and radiological terrorism.

Open Source Berkeley Workshop

CNS Produces Workshop on Open Source Analysis for UC Berkeley

Instructors Jeffrey Lewis and Melissa Hanham focused on technical solutions.

Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Edgardo Riveros and CNS Director Dr. William Potter.

CNS Director Awarded Highest Honor by the Government of Chile

The award, in recognition of his work in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation education, is the highest honor conferred on non-Chileans.

United Nations Headquarters in New York.

NPT Symposium: Fresh Ideas for the Future

Scholars with “Fresh Ideas” on the NPT are invited to submit proposals to a symposium jointly hosted by CNS, the Netherlands, UNODA, and Harvard’s Belfer Center.

Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Failture

Is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Failing? Could it?

Featured Speaker: Ambassador Susan Burk, Former Special Representative of the U.S. President for Nuclear Nonproliferation

Museum of the Great Patriotic War Kiev Ukraine Sep 2013. (Src: Calflier001, Wikimedia Commons)

The “Return” of Nuclear Weapons

Nikolai Sokov spells out three ways that nuclear weapons feature in the Ukraine crisis.

Jon Wolfsthal

CNS Deputy Director Appointed to National Security Council

Jon Wolfsthal will become the new Senior Director for Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the NSC in December.

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Congress Needs to Step Up and Support Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Find out what’s in play and at stake if an eleventh hour comprehensive nuclear agreement isn’t reached next week.

PIR Center Director V. Orlov, MGIMO Rector A. Torkunov, and MIIS Professor A. Vassilieva at MOU Signing Ceremony

MIIS Signs MOU for Academic Cooperation with Premier Russian University

The program will include faculty drawn from researchers affiliated with CNS at MIIS and the PIR Center in Moscow.

Disarmament Dialogue VI

Disarmament Dialogue VI: The Impact and Future of Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives

CNS partnered with Indonesia to host the sixth informal “Disarmament Dialogue” among like-minded states.

Countering Nuclear Commodity Smuggling

#20 Combatting Illegal Nuclear Trade

Event: New study recommends action to prevent nuclear smuggling to Iran, North Korea, and other countries seeking nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Security Implications of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Report: New energy policies need to set a good example in terms of safeguards, transparency and restraint.

2015 NPT Review Conference Simulation

Dr. Lassina Zerbo’s Opening Speech to the Simulated 2015 NPT Review Conference

The Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), spoke at the semester-long simulation course.

Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

Head of CTBTO visits Monterey, Engages Students and Experts

Dr. Lassina Zerbo’s September visit includes an ArmsControlWonk.com podcast recording, available for download.

Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

Safeguards and Middle East Issues Signal Contention at the 2014 IAEA General Conference

CNS and VCDNP experts review main issues facing the 2014 IAEA General Conference.

Participants and organizers of the regional nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation course.

First Regional Course on Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation Takes Place in Mexico

32 diplomats from 22 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the course.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen outlined changes in the alliance security structure at a summit in Wales September 4.

NATO’s Post-Ukraine Nuclear Policy—The NATO Summit

This week’s NATO summit may mark a turning point away from US-Russian arms control and could lead to a renewed emphasis on nuclear weapons.

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Project Alpha on Countering Illicit Proliferation-Related Trade

Learn about Project Alpha of King’s College London, countering illicit proliferation-related trade.

NATO Nuclear Dilemma: NATO Ministers of Defense and of Foreign Affairs meet at NATO headquarters in Brussels 2010

Russia’s Actions Resolve NATO Nuclear Dilemma — For Now

Changes to NATO’s defense posture are likely to involve a strengthening of its conventional, rather than nuclear deterrent.

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Mind the Gap: Regimes & Strengthening Radiological Security

There are insufficient legal and financial incentives to protect high-risk radiological sources from terrorists.

Chemical Weapon Munitions Dumped at Sea

Chemical Weapon Munitions Dumped at Sea: An Interactive Map

View the Google map of chemical weapon munitions dumped at sea.

INF Treaty Compliance

Russian Cheating Is Not New—Neither is Compelling Them Back Into Treaty Compliance

Russia has violated the 197 INF Treaty. The US can get them back into compliance.

The Nonproliferation Review

Participate in the 2014 McElvany Nonproliferation Challenge

A writing competition featuring an $8,000 grand prize.

Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova

CNS Appoints New International Organizations Program Director

Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova is the new IONP Director.

Middlebury Student, Nate Sans

Middlebury Students Thrive in Monterey

Students have lots of ways to explore all that Monterey and CNS have to offer

Twitter network diagram showing discussion during NPT Preparatory Committee meeting

New Media’s Role in Societal Verification

CNS reviews a new report on social media and other internet tools for societal verification.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, CNS Director William Potter

Nuclear Verification Challenges and Opportunities

On 19-20 June 2014, VCDNP and CNS held a diplomatic workshop in Baden, Austria.

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The Future of Civilian Nuclear Cooperation

Congressional testimony highlights future of nuclear energy cooperation and risks of nuclear proliferation

IAEA Director Yukiya Amano, annexation of crimea

A Tough Nuclear Choice: Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

Can Ukraine keep its spotless nuclear rating after having been carved up by Russia?

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Israel’s Nuclear Budget

Israel shows a little leg on how much it spends on nuclear weapons – weapons it does not even admit to having.

Jon Wolfsthal at The Wilson Center

Jon Wolfsthal on Iran Nuclear Negotiations and Timelines

CNS Deputy discusses ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations, timelines, and possible pitfalls if and when an agreement is reached.

IAEA Iraq Inspections

IAEA Iraq Inspections: Lessons Learned and Future Implications

Hans Blix and other experts discuss lessons learned from the IAEA inspections in Iraq in the 1990s.

Jon Wolfsthal

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Negotiating Solutions

Some of Iran’s past nuclear activities have to be disclosed, but maybe not all.

Highly Enriched Uranium

Ending the Civilian Use of Highly Enriched Uranium

Recommendations to achieve the goal, a legacy of the Nuclear Security Summit process begun by President Obama.

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Suspect Defense Facility in Myanmar

Satellite images confirm Unity Journal story alleging Myanmar built a chemical weapons facility.

US-Vietnam Nuclear Deal

US-Vietnam Nuclear Pact Meets the “Silver Standard”

New nuclear cooperation agreement with Vietnam may not be perfect, but it is progress.

Marshall Islands 1954 Nuclear Testing, WikiMedia Commons

Marshall Islands V. Nuclear Nine

The Marshall Islands filed 9 lawsuits against states possessing nuclear weapons.

New Website, WikiMedia Commons

Middle East Next Generation Network Website Launched

CNS launches new website to promote nonproliferation expertise and engagement in the Middle East.

Stephanie Lieggi

CNS Online Course: “Global Trade and Weapons of Mass Destruction”

DEADLINE MAY 30: Identify how states and companies ensure that dual-use items are not used to produce WMD.

2014 NPT PrepCom

2014 NPT PrepCom

Updates from the NPT Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting, including a Twitter feed and photos.

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2014 NPT Action Plan Monitoring Report

Four years after the adoption of the NPT Action Plan, progress on nuclear disarmament is disappointing.

Vladimir Putin answered journalists’ questions on the situation in Ukraine

Nuclear Implications of the Ukraine Crisis

Possible implications for the 2014 NPT PrepCom.

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Obama’s Prague Agenda Is for Youth to Inherit

Opinion: Nonproliferation & disarmament education for high school students has never been more important.

2014 Critical Issues Forum (CIF)

High School Disarmament and Nonproliferation Education Forum

APRIL 4-5, 2014: CNS brings together students from Japan, Russia & the US to study nuclear Issues.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addresses the 2010 NPT Review Conference in New York

Rough Seas Ahead: Issues for the 2015 NPT Review Conference

Next year’s Conference promises to be contentious, with the changing debate on nuclear disarmament taking center stage.

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Advancing Nuclear Disarmament: The US Role

While impediments to a more assertive US role are immense, progress could be achieved with astute and bold leadership.

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Development of e-Learning Courses for CBRN Risk Mitigation

CNS is creating an online training course as part of a project to raise awareness on CBRN risk mitigation.

Nuclear Norms Workshop

Scholars’ Workshop on Nuclear Norms

MARCH 20-22, 2014: CNS Workshop – Part of the project, “Nuclear Norms and Global Governance.”

Barack Obama speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit, Wikimedia Commons

The 2014 Nuclear Security Summit: Are We Safe Yet?

53 national leaders met in The Hague for the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. Are we safer?

CNS Convenes NPT Delegations at Annecy Workshop in Advance of Prepcom

Annual Annecy Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Meeting Convenes, Major Nuclear Challenges Ahead

MARCH 14-15, 2014: CNS hosted a 2-day diplomatic workshop in Annecy, France.

Upcoming Event: Monterey, California

Private Industry and the Future of Strategic Trade Control Outreach

FEBRUARY 9, 2016: Seminar with Stephanie Lieggi and Robert Shaw of CNS.

Satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launch Center, North Korea.

DPRK Prepares for New Rocket Test

Recent activity at the Sohae Satellite Launch Center indicates North Korea may be preparing for a rocket test.

Upcoming Event: Monterey, California

Arms Control as a Tool in Promoting International Security?

FEBRUARY 3, 2016: Seminar with Frank A. Rose, the Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance.

Upcoming Event: Monterey, California

The State of Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation: Problems and Prospects

JANUARY 21, 2016: Seminar with Mr. Kim Won-soo, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs