Nuclear Weapons

Did North Korea Detonate a Hydrogen Bomb?

Nuclear proliferation expert Robert Litwak analyzes North Korea’s claim that it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb.

For the U.S., Few Options to Address North Korea’s Nuclear Program

North Korea’s claim that it has tested a hydrogen bomb produces another major foreign policy challenge for the Obama administration, which has few means to address it. The issue will bedevil the next president (whoever he or she is); it also points up some interesting contrasts with Iran and how the international community has reacted to the two countries’ nuclear programs

Two Days in June: JFK and the 48 Hours That Made History

In his book, Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours that Made History, author Andrew Cohen makes a case for the power of words and ideas. He provides an intimate portrait of two days and two remarkable speeches that set the stage for historic policy breakthroughs. He also comments on the election of Justin Trudeau, who some are comparing to JFK. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

 

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Arms Control in Cyberspace?

U.S. policymakers have compared the challenge of managing threats in the cyber domain to that of controlling nuclear weapons during the Cold War. The United States and China are currently negotiating what would be the first cyber arms control agreement to ban attacks on each other’s critical infrastructure in peacetime. The Obama administration believes such an agreement could lead to a broader “international framework” of norms, treaties, and institutions to govern cyberspace.

Betting on the Reform and the Reformers in Iran

The Obama administration, including the president himself, has made much of the fact that even if Iran doesn’t change its behavior at home (or in the region), the nuclear agreement is nonetheless a worthwhile enterprise. There is a compelling logic to the president’s argument — an unreformed Iran with a nuclear weapon is much more dangerous than an Iran without one.

Iran’s Nuclear Chess Continued: Reviewing The Deal

Robert Litwak, an internationally recognized expert on nonproliferation, has been following the saga of Iran’s nuclear program since the beginning. His insightful book, “Iran’s Nuclear Chess,” has been updated now that a deal has been struck. We spoke with him about the latest developments, and in reviewing the deal, he covers fears and hopes on both sides of the equation. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

The Different Challenges Facing Obama and Iran’s Khamenei

President Barack Obama and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei face different challenges in the aftermath of the recent agreement reached over Iran’s nuclear program.

In the U.S., the Iran nuclear issue is a proxy for a more fundamental debate about how to address the threat posed by “rogue” states. That’s part of the reason the accord over Iran’s nuclear program was hailed by supporters as a milestone and a historic chance, while opponents criticized it as an act of appeasement and a historic mistake.

The Inter-Church Peace Council and the Nuclear Arms Race

The Origins of the IKV's Campaign Against Nuclear Arms, 1975-77

In June 1977, protests from lawmakers, national security experts, and activists arose almost instantly in response to US plans to produce enhanced radiation weapons (neutron bombs). It was a seemingly sudden beginning to what was, in hindsight, a decade of widespread Western resistance to the nuclear arms race and NATO’s modernization plans. In truth, the eruption of resistance was less sudden than it appeared at the time.

Iran's Nuclear Chess: After the Deal

"Iran's Nuclear Chess: After the Deal," the updated edition of the monograph "Iran's Nuclear Chess: Calculating America's Moves," by Robert Litwak, vice president for scholars and director of international security studies at the Wilson Center, addresses the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran and assesses its terms and prospective implementation, as well as the implications should the agreement not be implemented.

 

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