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Nuclear Abolition & The Next Arms Race
As the U.S. reduces its nuclear arsenal, what might the next arms race look like? Assuming current nuclear trends continue, the next two decades will test America’s security and that of its closest allies as they never have been tested before. Before 2020, the United Kingdom could find its nuclear forces eclipsed not only by those of Pakistan, but of Israel and of India. Soon thereafter, France may share the same fate. read more
Sep 14, 2010 Study Overturns Popular View that French Nuclear Program is a Model for the U.S.
Mark Cooper, the Vermont Law School Institute’s senior research fellow for economic analysis, explains how the French approach advocated by some is a failed model and why U.S. wind and solar industries would suffer if the U.S. embraced such a standard.
Working Papers
Aug 26, 2010 NPEC Releases "Asia Drivers of Russian Nuclear Force Structure"
In a major, fresh analysis of the Russian military literature, Dr. Jacob Kipp, former Deputy Director, US Army School of Advanced Military Studies, argues that how Russia chooses to cope with the strategic challenges China poses, rather than any developments regarding NATO, the Balkans, or Central Asia, will shape the kinds of theater and strategic military capabilities Russia will develop or agree to restrain.
Working Papers
Jul 26, 2010 National Review Online, "New START: Don't Shake the Tree If the Fruit Ain't Ripe "
In "New START: Don't Shake the Tree If the Fruit Ain't Ripe ," NPEC's executive director, Henry Sokolski, compares previous arms control treaty ratification efforts with New START (see also, New START Trust but Clarify) . In addition, he reiterates that in order to get overwhelming Senate support, the treaty's negotiating record should be released in classified form. This last point was also highlighted in a recent article published by The Christian Science Monitor.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jul 22, 2010 Council on Foreign Relations, "Debating the New START Treaty"
The Council on Foreign Relations has published a debate on the New START Treaty in which NPEC's executive director argues that unless more details from the negotations between U.S. and Russian officials are known, it will remain difficult to determine if New START is beneficial.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jul 19, 2010 National Review Online, "New START: Trust but Clarify"
In a blog posting for the National Review Online, NPEC's executive director argues that critics of the New START treaty need to get on with the business of identifying the key amendments, reservations, understandings, and declarations, if any, they think the Senate should consider while its supporters need to stop pushing for instant ratification and allow access to information that both sides need to understand the treaty's full implications.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Jul 19, 2010 Precision Technologies as Possible Alternatives to Nuclear Weapons
In this study, Steve Lukasik, former director of the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, assesses the potential of emerging, highly precise conventional military technologies to accomplish the missions currently assigned to nuclear weapons.
Working Papers
Jul 18, 2010 Heritage Hosts NPEC Lecture: "Will Obama's Arms Control Agenda Stop with New START?"
NPEC's executive director explains why rushing to ratify the New START Treaty would forgo a critical opportunity to draw the administration out on what America's arms control agenda and strategic weapons policies are and to advise the White House on what they ought to be. The video of this Heritage-hosted lecture can be viewed here. Global Security Newswire covered the event and focused on the obstacles that the U.S. faces in reaching more arms control agreements with Russia.
Audio & Video
Jul 08, 2010 Missiles for Peace
SUMMARY In "Missiles for Peace" published by Armed Forces Journal, NPEC's executive director, Henry Sokolski explains why the U.S. needs to pursue a dual track policy of deploying a significant number of long-range conventional ground based missiles while offering to expand and update existing limits on such weapons.
Jun 28, 2010 Off and Running: The Middle East Nuclear Arms Race
Richard L. Russell details the growing nuclear aspirations of a number of Middle Eastern states in a National Defense University's Joint Forces Quarterly article that reflects research he did for NPEC.
Articles; Working Papers
May 17, 2010 National Review: "A Bad Idea Made Worse"
In a blog posting for the National Review Online NPEC's executive director explains why the new Brazilian-Turkish negotiated agreement for Iran's low enriched uranium was based on a bad idea that Washington first floated last fall, and how it has now been made even worse.
Op-Eds & Blogs
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