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Last Call! Obama’s Final Actions on Nuclear Weapons

, former co-director, Global Security

At the beginning of his presidency, President Obama gave a soaring speech in Prague, promising that the US will “put an end to Cold War thinking” and “reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy.”

His record so far has been somewhat mediocre—but it’s not too late to make a little more progress. Obama could reduce the hedge stockpile of weapons the US keeps in storage, and the amount of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium that the US keeps in case it wants to build even more weapons. It’s surprising that he hasn’t already taken these incremental steps. But their incremental nature also means that the Trump administration is unlikely to object. Read more >

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Scientists Support The Iran Deal—And They’re Bringing it to Social Media

, former co-director, Global Security

Are you feeling confused about things you’re hearing on the pros and cons of the deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program? Wish someone who knew the details would answer your questions?

Last Friday, two highly qualified scientists did just that, answering questions submitted by the public during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session. Read more >

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New U.S. Nuclear Warheads? Politically and Technically, a Bad Idea

, , former co-director, Global Security

The New York Times recently ran an excellent story on the administration’s ambitious plan for the future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, which includes building new generations of nuclear-armed bombers, missiles, and submarines. But I want to discuss an important issue that the article didn’t mention: The United States also intends to develop and produce new types of nuclear warheads rather than simply refurbishing existing warheads as they age. There are both technical and political reasons why this is a bad idea. Read more >

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