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Securing ‘Loose Nukes’

Mar 29, 2012
The international community is taking gradual—yet effective—steps to secure nuclear materials, with Russia “turning the corner from nuclear problem state to nuclear solution state,” Carnegie’s Matthew Rojansky says. In this interview, he and other experts assess the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul.
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Iran's Nuclear Program: Reaction to the IAEA Report

Nov 08, 2011
Is Iran destined to become a nuclear power? Aaron David Miller and Michael Adler weigh the options, including whether military action might succeed where sanctions and diplomacy so far failed.

New Indications of Possible Iranian Weapons Work, According to New IAEA Report

Feb 25, 2011
The UN nuclear watchdog has new information that Iran may have worked on making nuclear weapons. Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler reports on the IAEA's new confidential report, distributed Friday.

U.S. Energy Security Policy: A Global Perspective

Jan 11, 2011
Making sure markets are open, fair, and transparent is a key tenet of the Obama administration's global energy security agenda. At a January 11 Director's Forum, State Department special envoy David Goldwyn outlined the United States' plan for energy security policy.

The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days

Jun 01, 2009
Much has been written about policymaking during the first 100 days of the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo, but little is known about what happened on the ground in Cuba. As part of International Security Studies' ongoing Terrorism and Homeland Security Forum, author Karen Greenberg discusses her book on that period.

The 3/11 Madrid Bombings: An Assessment After 5 Years

Apr 10, 2009
Conventional wisdom about the 3/11 attacks is that it was a local, isolated terrorist cell at work. But the character of the attacks suggest Islamic jihadist terrorists as more likely perpetrators, explained Fernando Reinares, director of the Program on Global Terrorism in Madrid's Elcano Royal Institute.

The Bomb, from the Manhattan Project to Today's Nuclear Landscape

Mar 02, 2009
From the Los Alamos National Laboratory to meetings in Moscow, former weapons designer Stephen M. Younger has witnessed firsthand the making of nuclear policy. He traces nuclear history from the Manhattan Project to present day in his new book, The Bomb: A New History.

"The Foundation of Interrogation" Is Rapport, Not Torture

Feb 25, 2009
Relationship-building techniques helped U.S. interrogators obtain the intelligence that led to the June 2006 airstrike on Al Qaeda leader Abu Zusab al Zarqawi's safehouse in Iraq. Matthew Alexander, former Air Force Criminal Investigator, discusses his experience and his book, How to Break a Terrorist.

Constrainment: A Counterterrorism Strategy for the Post-Iraq Era

Nov 24, 2008
The global jihadist movement will ultimately self-destruct, argued Public Policy Scholar Stephanie Kaplan at the latest event in International Security Studies' ongoing Terrorism and Homeland Security Forum. To catalyze this implosion, the U.S. must constrain the movement's operations and narrative.

Latest US Nuclear Strategy Calls for Fewer, but Newer, Nuke Weapons

Oct 03, 2008
A recently released report, National Security and Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, outlines a strategy that the US secretaries of Defense and Energy believe will allow the US to maintain a small but effective nuclear force. Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar William Eldridge comments on the strategy.

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