Defense and Security
At least nine nations are believed to have nuclear weapons: the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, Pakistan, India, North Korea and Israel. Other nations may have nuclear weapons or are working towards them, most notably Iran. At the height of the Cold War in 1985, there were believed to be 65,000 nuclear weapons in the world. As a result of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and unilateral decisions by some countries, this number has been reduced to about 20,000.
A serviceman carries a air-to-ground missile next to Sukhoi Su-25 jet fighters during a drill at the Russian southern Stavropol region (REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko).
Apocalypse a bit later: The meaning of Putin’s nuclear threats
April 1, 2015, Pavel K. Baev
Broadly ignorant of how nuclear deterrence works, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies are both irresponsible and reckless when it comes to using nuclear threats for political purposes. Pavel Baev writes that as Russia sinks deeper into the quagmire of its leadership crisis, their definition of acceptable risk is getting more and more relaxed, and that should be immensely worrisome.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
April 1, 2015
Opinion | The National Interest
March 30, 2015, Steven Pifer
March 17, 2015, Steven Pifer
Opinion | Al-Monitor
March 15, 2015, Bruce Riedel
Book Chapters | Hoover Institution
March 12, 2015, Steven Pifer
March 8, 2015, Bruce Riedel
Blog Post | The Washington Post
March 6, 2015, Steven Kull and Shibley Telhami
March 6, 2015, Kenneth M. Pollack
Opinion | Affari Internazionali
March 5, 2015, Riccardo Alcaro
March 2, 2015, Kenneth M. Pollack
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