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New Media Solutions in Nonproliferation and Arms Control: Opportunities and Challenges

by Bryan Lee, Margarita Zolotova
A groundbreaking new media study presenting examples on the use of internet-enabled technologies in nonproliferation and arms control.
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Trillion Dollar Nuclear Triad: US Strategic Modernization over Next 30 Years

by Jon B. Wolfsthal, Jeffrey Lewis, Marc Quint
The US will spend over $1 trillion over the next three decades on its nuclear arsenal, with unknown strategic implications.
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2013 Feature Stories

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Iran Deal, Radiation Source in Mexico, and Nuclear Security Fora

Elena Sokova analyzes the Iran agreement and the prospects for the next nuclear security summit in the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium newsletter.
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The CW Revolution will be Tweeted

by William Potter, Jon Wolfsthal, Melissa Hanham, Bryan Lee, Jeffrey Lewis, Ray Zilinskas, Margarita Zolotova
The world can use social media tools to help prevent the Syrian government from using chemical weapons in the future.
Image: Animation of Twitter usage plotted against Fukushima's radioactive plume.
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CNS and VCDNP Experts Provide Insights on 2013 IAEA General Conference

by CNS Staff
In the lead up to the 2013 General Conference, CNS and VCDNP have prepared a series of Fact Sheets on the on-going issues facing IAEA member states.
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Punish Assad with Law, Not Lawlessness

by Fred Wehling
Unilateral military action is not the best way to hold Syria's president accountable for the use of chemical weapons against his own people.
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Stories of the Soviet Anti-Plague System

by CNS staff
CNS researchers reveal the anti-plague system in Russia and how it was reported by western media.
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High School Students from Japan, US, and Russia Discuss Path toward World Free of Nuclear Weapons

by CNS staff
The semester-long CIF program concluded with a successful student conference on April 19-20, 2013, in Monterey, where students from three countries presented their findings on nuclear disarmament. [Now includes videos]
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Rethinking Spent Fuel Management in South Korea

by CNS staff
This report investigates a range of spent fuel management options for the ROK and identifies twelve practicable recommendations.
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FAQ: 2013 NPT Review Conference Preparatory Committee

by CNS staff
CNS has compiled a set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) relating to the PrepCom meeting to be held in Geneva starting April 22 to May 3, 2013.
Image: UN Office at Geneva, location of the Second NPT PrepCom
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CNS Panel Discussions at the 2013 International Network of Emerging Nuclear Specialists (INENS) Conference

by CNS staff
CNS experts spoke on panel discussions at the North America Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, DC.
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CNS Participation at the 2013 NPT PrepCom in Geneva

by CNS staff
A number of CNS experts and students will attend the second session of the PrepCom for the 2015 RevCon of the Parties to the NPT as observers.
Image: UN Office at Geneva, location of the Second NPT PrepCom
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Disarmament, Bioweapons, and Spent Fuel: Three New CNS Papers

by CNS staff
CNS has recently published three papers:
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The New US Plans for Missile Defense: Enough to Reinvigorate US-Russian Arms Control?

by Nikolai Sokov and Miles Pomper
A decision to cancel a controversial interceptor is unlikely to overcome the missile defense obstacles that have stalled US-Russian arms control.
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To Boldly Go: Harnessing Open Source Technologies for International Arms Control

by CNS Staff
Entry deadline extended to February 20, 2013! Learn more...
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UN Secretary-General Delivers Major Address at MIIS

by CNS Staff
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauds the role played by the Monterey Institute in promoting Disarmament and Nonproliferation Education.
[Includes recorded video of his address, transcript, and photos.]
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2012 Feature Stories

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North Korea's Rocket Launch

by CNS Staff
On December 12, DPRK successfully launched the Unha-3 SLV. CNS experts available for comment on implications of this launch.
Image: Launch of the Unha-3 SLV (Src: Korean Central News Agency)
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Critical Questions: Urgent Decisions for the 2nd Obama Administration

With contributions from Chen Kane, Bryan L. Lee, Miles A. Pomper, Amy E. Smithson, Nikolai Sokov, Leonard S. Spector, Jessica C. Varnum, and Jon B. Wolfsthal
CNS experts propose nonproliferation and disarmament priorities.
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Jessica Varnum on the future of 123 Agreements.
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Virtual Science Challenge for Youth Online Conference

by Masako Toki
US and Russian high school students enjoy the first interactive online conference investigating solutions for nuclear spent fuel.
Image: Team 4, La Puente High School, Mini-Project One in Progress
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A Regional Arrangement on Securing Radiological Agents as a CSBM: Common Interest in Preventing Radiological Terrorism

by Aviv Melamud and Nilsu Gören
Two of CNS's Middle East Next Generation Fellows have contributed a new paper to the EU consortium on the Middle East WMD Free Zone.
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Launch of New Book by CNS's Potter and Mukhatzhanova: Nuclear Politics and the Non-Aligned Movement

by VCDNP Staff
The book explores structures and politics within the NAM, the largest grouping of states engaged on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation issues.
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CNS and VCDNP Experts Provide Insights on 2012 IAEA General Conference

by CNS Staff
In the lead up to the 2012 General Conference, CNS and VCDNP have prepared a series of Fact Sheets on the on-going issues facing IAEA member states.
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Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar First Recipients of Nuclear Security Award Created in Their Honor

by William Potter
This new international award recognizes those dedicated to advancing the cause of nuclear security.
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2012 Conference on a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East: Prospects, Challenges, and Opportunities

edited by Bilal Y. Saab
This CNS special roundtable report discusses the conference in Helsinki, Finland, and takes a long-term view of the future of arms control in the region in light of the Arab uprisings.
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Minimizing Dangers Posed by Syria's Military Assets During and After The Current Civil Turmoil

Testimony of Leonard S. Spector before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, July 19, 2012.

See also:
Fears Mount Over Assad's Stockpiles of Chemical Weapons
Leonard Spector was interviewed on the PBS NewsHour.
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U.S.-Russian Partnership for Advancing a Nuclear Security Agenda

A new paper by CNS, VCDNP, and the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS, Moscow, Russia).
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CNS Youth Science Challenge Draws Attention of U.S. and Russian Presidents

A CNS youth science program funded by the State Department was touted as one example of US-Russian cooperation in the presidential joint statement.
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CIF Report: High School Students Present on Nuclear Safety and Security in Vienna

by Masako Toki
This year's Critical Issues Forum spring conference brought participants to Vienna for their Nonproliferation Conference as a side event of the NPT PrepCom.
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NATO's New Nuclear Policy: Consensus without Progress but a Glimmer of Hope for Disarmament

by Miles A. Pomper
NATO's Deterrence and Defense Posture Review (DDPR) fails to resolve the issues of nuclear weapons deployed in Europe.
Image: NATO Chicago summit: Working dinner of Heads of State and Government (Src: http://nato.int)
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Prospects for Nuclear Security Partnership in Southeast Asia

A new paper by CNS, VCDNP, and the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS, Moscow, Russia).
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NATO-Russia Disputes and Cooperation on Missile Defense

by Nikolai Sokov
As the 2012 NATO Summit draws near, the lack of agreement between the Alliance and Russia stands in contrast to the promise of the last summit in 2010.
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Inflexible Response

by Jon B. Wolfsthal for WMD Junction
An Ohio congressman ignores his own Republican colleagues—and military leaders—and attempts to micromanage the US nuclear arsenal.
Image: Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) (Src: C-SPAN)
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Between Publishing and Perishing?

by Michael Tu
H5N1 research unleashes unprecedented dual-use research controversy.
Image: Scientists studying H5N1 virus (Src: photos.state.gov)
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FAQ: The 2012 Middle East Conference

by CNS Staff
A Q&A from CNS experts Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova and Chen Kane highlighting important details about the 2012 Conference.
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Comprehensive NPT Resources for the 2012 PrepCom

by CNS Staff
Comprehensive coverage featuring articles and documents related to the NPT Review Process.

Includes 2012 Briefing Book, FAQ, disarmament monitoring reports, experts for commentary, and more.

See also:

View Site New Interactive 2012 PrepCom Site
Introducing a new interactive space for this year's PrepCom, featuring live updates from the PrepCom, visuals on nuclear nonproliferation, and facts and analysis on the NPT Review process. [ Phone/Tablet Friendly ]


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FAQ: North Korea's Possible Nuclear Test

by CNS Staff
North Korea appears to be preparing for its third nuclear test. This new FAQ examines details of the possible test and potential ramifications.
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View story [ Image: M building of the Vienna International Center, location of the NPT PrepCom. ] FAQ: 2012 NPT Review Conference Preparatory Committee

by CNS Staff
CNS has compiled a set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) relating to the PrepCom meeting to be held in Vienna starting April 30, 2012.
Image: M building of the Vienna International Center, location of the NPT PrepCom.

View story [ Image: Report Cover ] Monitoring Implementation of the 2010 NPT Action Plan: Disarmament

by Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova
As NPT state parties prepare to meet in Vienna, CNS presents a comprehensive review of implementation of the 2010 NPT Action Plan's Nuclear Disarmament section.
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FAQ: North Korea's Upcoming Space Launch

by CNS Staff
CNS has compiled an FAQ to keep you informed as North Korea prepares for its upcoming rocket launch.
Image: Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Src: Google Maps)
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NPT Briefing Book: 2012 Edition

by CNS Staff
2012 NPT Briefing Book from CNS and King's College, a comprehensive source of materials about the NPT process, is now available.
Image: Austria Center in Vienna, where the NPT PrepCom will be held. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)
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Nuclear Security Summit Resources

by CNS Staff
CNS has compiled a resources page previewing the major issues of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit starting March 26 in Seoul.

See also, "Progress Since the 2010 Washington Nuclear Security Summit" by Miles Pomper and Meghan Warren

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Fukushima's Impact on Japan's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Policy

by Masako Toki
One year after the Fukushima disaster, Japan continues to assess its dependency on nuclear energy.
Image: The Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in northeast Aomori Prefecture, Japan.
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Paris-Based Banking Group Tightens Rules Against Financing of Banned Weapon of Mass Destruction-Related Transfers

by Javier Serrat and Melissa Hanham
On February 16, 2012, the Financial Action Task Force adopted a new rule to strengthen implementation of UN nonproliferation sanctions.
Image: 1989 Paris summit that created FATF.
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Unaccountable: Exploring the Lack of Budgetary Transparency for U.S. Nuclear Security Spending

by Stephen I. Schwartz
The United States has never known exactly what it spends on nuclear weapons and related programs.
Image: Fleet of B-36 Peacemaker bombers

2011 Feature Stories

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Avoiding a North Korean Nuclear Nightmare

by Melissa Hanham for WMD Junction
No one knows what policies North Korea's new young leader he will pursue, or what will happen if he is challenged from within.
Image: Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un (Src: AP)
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Lucky Number Seven? The 2011 Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference

by Amanda Moodie
The BWC Review Conference adopted a forward-looking document containing a number of proposals to strengthen and improve the Convention.
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Passing of North Korea's Kim Jong-il

by CNS Staff
DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il has died. CNS experts on North Korea are available for comment on the impact of Kim's passing.
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Teachers Discuss Nuclear Safety and Security at CIF Conference

by Masako Toki
High school teachers from U.S., Russia, and China tackle pressing issues related to nuclear energy.
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Medvedev's Statement on Missile Defense Might Mean Russia Postpones Further Dialogue Until 2013

by Nikolai Sokov
Dmitry Medvedev's recent statement on military responses to missile defense sounds more threatening than it actually is.
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Q&A on IAEA-Sponsored Forum on NWFZ in the Middle East

by Chen Kane and Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova
Ahead of the IAEA-sponsored forum on a nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East, CNS experts provide information on the forum, NWFZs and related issues.
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Re-Charting U.S. Government Agencies Involved in Nuclear Policy

by Anya Loukianova
CNS updates its 2009 "U.S. Government Agencies Combating Nuclear Proliferation" chart, showing the complexity of such efforts.
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Germ Gambits: The Bioweapons Dilemma, Iraq and Beyond

by CNS Staff
This new book by CNS expert Amy E. Smithson tells the compelling story of how UN inspectors in the 1990s unearthed the true extent of Iraq's bioweapons program.
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Progress Towards a Middle East Zone Free of WMD

by CNS Staff
Finnish Undersecretary of State Jaakko Laajava is named as the Facilitator of the 2012 Middle East Conference. CNS analyzes his role and the prospects for the conference.
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Short Course on Nonproliferation & Disarmament Held in Vienna

by VCDNP Staff
VCDNP and CNS conducted their first intensive course on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament for diplomats in Vienna.
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Contagion: A Movie Pandemic Versus the Reality of Public Health

by Raymond A. Zilinskas for WMD Junction
A professional in the real-life fight against emerging infectious diseases evaluates Contagion's dramatic, but not exactly accurate, portrayal of a rapidly unfolding global pandemic.
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Can Libya be Locked Down?

by Bilal Y. Saab for WMD Junction
In a post-Qaddafi era, who will secure Libya's chemical and biological weapons materials?
Image: Former Libyan CW production facility at Rabta [Src: GeoEye]
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Bringing Belarus Back to the Table

by Miles Pomper for WMD Junction
Belarus is using its stock of highly enriched uranium as political leverage; how can Washington persuade Minsk to let go of its HEU?
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CNS and VCDNP Scholars Provide Insights on IAEA General Conference

by CNS Staff
In the lead up to this month's General Conference, CNS and VCDNP have prepared a series of Fact Sheets on the key issues that will be discussed.
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International Task Force Takes Aim at Illicit Proliferation Funding

by Javier Serrat for WMD Junction
An intergovernmental group is sharpening global financial controls to prevent the financing of WMD proliferation and terrorism.
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New Questions About the FBI's Anthrax Case: Valid Concerns or Red Herring?

by Jonathan B. Tucker for WMD Junction
Was specialized equipment necessary to make the deadly powder used in the 2001 letter attacks, and, if not, what does that say about the ability of terrorists to perpetrate such attacks in the future?
Image: Envelopes containing anthrax spores, Sep-Oct 2001
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US-French Nuclear Cooperation: Stretching the Limits of National Strategic Paradigms

by Bruno Tertrais for WMD Junction
Newly declassified documents illuminate the nuclear collaboration between Washington and Paris—and reinforce that the US-India nuclear deal is a very different type of partnership.
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Carmageddon: How Californians Learned to Stop Driving and Love the Bomb

by Benoît Pelopidas for WMD Junction
What a traffic jam that wasn't teaches us about the credibility of nuclear threats.
Image: 'The Last Washington Painting,' © by Alan Sonneman
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House Committee Adopts Tough New Rules for Nuclear Trade Agreements

by Cole J. Harvey for WMD Junction
A proposed law would require more intensive inspections, strict export control systems, and proven nonproliferation credentials.
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CNS Launches WMD Junction

by Stephen I. Schwartz
WMD Junction aims to provide a respected outlet for a wide range of timely and thoughtful commentary that cannot await the publication cycles of peer-reviewed journals.
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American, Chinese, and Russian High School Students Discuss Solutions to Nuclear Challenges in the Middle East

by Masako Toki
The semester-long CIF program concluded with a successful students conference on April 28-29 in Monterey where students from three countries presented their findings on nuclear issues in the Middle East.
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Obama Seeks Senate OK for Protocols to Two Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaties

by Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova and Miles Pomper
Now up for ratification fifteen years after their signing, these two protocols are likely to face Republican opposition.
Image: Map of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones
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CNS Newly Opened Vienna Center Gets Executive Director, Hosts Meetings on Nuclear Security

by CNS staff
April has been an eventful first month for the newly opened Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, including appointment of a new executive director.
Image: William Potter and Elena Sokova
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The Egyptian Revolution and the Future of WMD in the Middle East: Q&A With Nabil Fahmy

by CNS staff
CNS expert Nabil Fahmy on potential implications of the Egyptian revolution on nonproliferation in the Middle East.
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New Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Managed by CNS Opens in Vienna

by MIIS staff
The new center will serve as an international hub for discussions among representatives of civil society, national governments, and international organizations regarding nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament issues.
Image: Yukiya Amano, William Potter, Michael Spindelegger, Sunder Ramaswamy, Tibor Tóth
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A Second Sighting of Russian Tactical Nukes in Kaliningrad

by Nikolai Sokov
Russian tactical nuclear weapons appear to have a curious propensity to surface with some regularity in Kaliningrad oblast.
Image: Iskander, a new Russian short-range missile
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As New START Enters into Force, Challenges Ahead Are Even More Challenging

by Nikolai Sokov
The U.S. and Russia are expected to launch the next stage of reduction negotiations, but even setting the agenda is an almost insurmountable obstacle.
Image: Chief negotiators of New START: Rose Gottemoeller and Anatoli Antonov
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MIIS Student Negotiators Also Sign New U.S.-Russian Arms Control Treaty

by Daniel Painter and Leo Naboyshchikov
In Fall 2010, 22 Monterey Institute students from nine countries participated in a simulation that negotiated a follow-on agreement to the New START.
Image: Arms control negotiation simulation class
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New Start Ratification in Russia: Apparent Smooth Sailing Obscures Submerged Drama and Revelations

by Nikolai Sokov
The Duma's resolution on New START was shaped to balance the one adopted by the U.S. Senate. The votes in both countries suggest that further nuclear arms reductions will not be a trivial task.
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US-China Summit Visit Offers Opportunity to Discuss Nuclear Issues

by Jeffrey Lewis
As Hu Jintao visits the US this week, President Obama has a unique opportunity to move forward disarmament agenda.
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