The Great Debate

How Vladimir Putin learned to stop worrying and love the bomb

By John Lloyd
June 22, 2015
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In Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, the U.S. president, told that a rogue U.S. B-52 bomber is likely to drop its nuclear load on a Russian target, phones his opposite number, the leader of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party. Seeking to downplay the fact that Armageddon is close, he says, conversationally, “Now then, Dmitri, you know how we’ve always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the bomb. The BOMB, Dmitri. The hydrogen bomb.”

North Korea could double its number of nuclear warheads by next year

By Sharon Squassoni
May 11, 2015
A woman from an anti-North Korea and conservative civic group attends a rally marking the fifth anniversary of the sinking naval ship Cheonan in central Seoul

A woman attends a rally in Seoul marking the fifth anniversary of the sinking of the South Korean naval corvette Cheonan, by what is thought to have been a North Korean torpedo, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

A new crisis is brewing between two nuclear-armed neighbors

By Tom Rogan
April 14, 2015
A supporter of Shiv Sena holds Pakistan's national flag and a portrait of Lakhvi during a protest in New Delhi

A supporter of Shiv Sena, a Hindu hardline group, holds Pakistan’s national flag and a portrait of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi during a protest against Lakhvi’s release, in New Delhi, April 11, 2015. Lakhvi’s group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, is believed to have been behind an attach that killed 166 people in Mumbai in 2008. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

The results: A sketch of an outline of a roadmap to an Iran nuclear deal

By Sharon Squassoni
April 3, 2015
View of the Arak heavy-water project southwest of Tehran

A view of the Iranian Arak heavy-water project southwest of Tehran, Aug. 26, 2006. REUTERS/ISNA/Handout

Nuclear midnight ticks closer in wake of Russia’s Crimea threats

By Sharon Squassoni
March 23, 2015
Russian President Putin watches the launch of a missile during naval exercises in Russia's Arctic ...

Russian President Putin watches the launch of a missile during naval exercises in Russia’s Arctic North on board the nuclear missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great), Aug. 17, 2005. REUTERS/ITAR-TASS/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Iran’s leaders wonder who’s really in charge in U.S. They may be surprised.

By Trita Parsi
February 1, 2015
Code Pink activists protest before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions

Code Pink activists protest before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 27, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

How congressional hawks plan to kill Obama’s Iran deal

By Trita Parsi
October 27, 2014

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gives a news conference on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York

Negotiations with Iran over the future of its nuclear program have not even concluded yet some members of Congress are preparing to manufacture a political crisis over a deal. Their beef? President Barack Obama may initially bypass Congress and suspend sanctions imposed on Iran to make a deal possible and only later ask lawmakers to end them permanently when it is determined that Iran has complied fully with its obligations under the deal.

Want energy independence? Keep the nuclear option and limit exports

By John Licata
July 10, 2014


Whether or not you follow the energy markets, it’s very likely you’ve heard the phrase “U.S. energy independence” at one time or another in recent years. Yet the very notion that the United States can be completely self-sufficient when it comes to supplying our domestic need for energy consumption is seriously flawed for a number of reasons ranging from population growth, pure economics, a lack of public policy and a dated permitting process vital to commercialize new energy projects. Collectively, this should have Americans questioning whether U.S. power production can be enough to completely eliminate the need for foreign energy sources.

Danger and delay on dirty bombs

By Kenneth N. Luongo
December 16, 2013

When highly radioactive material that can be used in a “dirty bomb” is moved to or from a hospital in New York City, it is done in the dead of night on cordoned streets with high security.

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Multinational repositories can address nuclear waste stockpile

By Guest Contributor
November 25, 2013

--Behnam Taebi is assistant professor of philosophy, focusing on issues of ethics and nuclear power, at Delft University of Technology.--