Nuclear policy and security

Can a Nobel Prize rewind the nuclear clock?

Can a Nobel Prize rewind the nuclear clock?

As world leaders speak recklessly about a nuclear threat, the clock is ticking against the world. It is now close to midnight. And it is getting closer. Tick tock! There are only two minutes and 30 seconds to convince them their strategies are wrong.

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Are India and Pakistan a bigger threat than North Korea?

Are India and Pakistan a bigger threat than North Korea?

North Korea is dominating media coverage and capturing the attention of world leaders, but the greatest threat of a nuclear war may actually be on the other side of Asia. It's on the Indian-Pakistan border, according to Matthew Bunn, an expert in nuclear weapons and terrorism at Harvard University.

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Continued U.N.'s Sanctions Keep Provoking North Korea to Test Missiles

 

North Korea's nuclear provocations are said to be an undeniably potential threat to the United States and its allies – particularly South Korea and Japan. The United Nations has so far failed to stop the isolated nation's missile tests by placing harsh economic sanctions for more than a decade.

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How dangerous is a nuclear-armed North Korea?

How dangerous is a nuclear-armed North Korea?

North Korea’s most recent nuclear missile test on Sept. 3 – equivalent to a 6.3 magnitude earthquake – and the U.S. Government’s ramped-up rhetoric –  exemplified by President Donald Trump promising “fire and fury” and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis portending  a “massive military response” to further threats – have raised fears that the crisis could escalate to a nuclear war.

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Iran Nuclear Deal at Risk? Stop Trump's 'Irrational' Moves

 

The United States and its allies in 2015 achieved a historic achievement by brokering a nuclear deal with Iran to stop making nuclear weapons. Now President Donald Trump is said to be seeking ways to unravel the deal by convincing the world that the Islamic nation is not complying with the accord anymore.

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East or West, nuclear row drifting to risky point

President Donald Trump shook with anger at the mere mention of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. A new ballistic missile had just been launched and the president felt spited by a nation he now believes is all-out for war.

Emerging from a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Trump hinted at a possible military response, saying the United States and its allies would do everything within their means to ward off threats.

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In the ghost town

In the ghost town

During the last two weeks we have been studying a most interesting topic: nuclear policy.  The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States long had the most nuclear weapons, but at its breakup the U.S.S.R. left its nuclear heritage to Russia. However, every country in the world is concerned with this issue, directly or not.

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An American Dream: Reflections on the WPI Fellowship

An American Dream: Reflections on the WPI Fellowship

  • The 2016 WPI Fellows after a meeting at the White House

 

In the glovebox of a Chicago taxi there is a birthday card from Barack Obama.

The driver, Kenny, doesn’t stick it to the dash, like the photos of his wife and grandkids. He’s worried someone might tear it off.

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