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2007 Story Archives

Radioisotope identifying device.
Seizure of Uranium in Slovakia Produces Maelstrom of Exaggerated News Reports in International Media
A recent trafficking case on the Slovak-Hungarian border gains media attention despite little evidence of proliferation significant activity.
Image: Radioisotope identifying device.
Bushehr, Iran Satellite Photo [Src: Space Imaging] Iranian Nuclear Program Remains Major Threat Despite Partial Freeze
Despite a December 3, 2007 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate assessment that Iran's "nuclear weapons program" was halted in 2003, serious concerns remain.
Image: Bushehr, Iran Satellite Photo [Src: Space Imaging]
Israeli F-16s. [Src: http://www.iaf.org.il] Israeli Airstrike in Syria: International Reactions
A comprehensive look at international reaction to Israel's September 6, 2007, air strike against a site in the Syrian desert, now widely believed to have been a partially completed nuclear reactor.
Image: Israeli F-16s. [Src: http://www.iaf.org.il]
Tom Lantos The Iran Counter-Proliferation Act: Potential Implications for Russian-Iranian Relations and U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation
A review of the likely impact of the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act, in light of a recent move by the Bush Administration to tighten financial sanctions against Iran.
Image: Act author, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos.
Workshop attendees Workshop on Implementing UNSC Resolution 1540 in the Kyrgyz Republic
On October 16-17, 2007, CNS and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic conducted a workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1540 in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Image: Elena Sokova, Askarbek Beshimov, Marat Usupov, and Markus Mueller.
Cristina Chuen with seminar attendees CNS Researcher Speaks on Nuclear Terrorism at Russian Duma
On September 27, an international seminar on Countering Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism was held at the Russian State Duma. CNS researcher Cristina Chuen provides an overview of the presentations and recommendations made at the event.
Image: Duma Deputy General Anatoly Kulikov, former Congressman Curt Weldon, NISNP Director Cristina Chuen, and Kulikov's Legislative Assistant (former CNS visiting fellow) Vladimir Goltsov, Russian State Duma, September 27, 2007.
Chinese flag and biohazard symbol Beijing on Biohazards: Chinese Experts on Bioweapons Nonproliferation Issues
These essays are seeds for a dialogue between Chinese and Western policymakers about the nature of the biological weapons threat and the tools to reduce the threat of proliferation.
Image: Chinese flag and biohazard symbol.
South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Australian Foreign Minister: Treaty Bans Australian Uranium Exports To India
Official records show that in 1996, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty bans Australian uranium exports to states like India. Nevertheless, on August 16, 2007, Prime Minister John Howard announced Australia was prepared to sell uranium to India, ending a long-standing embargo.
Image: South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone
Police subdue a rioter. [Src: Institute for Non-lethal Defense Technologies] Chemical Non-Lethal Weapons -- Why the Pentagon Wants Them and Why Others Don't
While some experts hail "non-lethal weapons" as a "silver bullet" forever changing the face of warfare, others point out they are only "less-lethal". Moreover, some are chemical in nature and may be incompatible with international law, particularly the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Image: Police subdue a rioter. [Src: Institute for Non-lethal Defense Technologies]
Launcher with Iskander missile. Russia Tests a New Ground-Launched Cruise Missile and a New Strategic Missile on the Same Day
On May 29, 2007 Russia tested two new missiles, immediately igniting considerable controversy and speculation. The tests were advertised as a response to Eastern European missile defense but are they?
Image: Launcher with the Iskander short-range ballistic missile.
Damaged submarine. [Src: Rosatom] Russian Nuclear-Powered Submarine Dismantlement and Related Activities: A Critique
A look at the development of the Strategic Master Plan for Northwest Russia (SMP), examining the perspectives that are informing the choice of project priorities, transparency issues, coordination, timing, and cost-effectiveness.
Image: Damaged submarine. [Src: Rosatom]
Rosatom Head Sergey Kiriyenko. [Src: www.minatom.ru] Russian Nuclear Industry Reforms: Consolidation and Expansion
On April 27, 2007, the Russian president signed a decree ordering the creation of Atomenergoprom, an integrated corporation that will be the basis for the consolidation of Russia's nuclear industry, as well as expansion plans both at home and abroad.
Image: Rosatom Head Sergey Kiriyenko. [Src: www.minatom.ru]
Rocket illustration [Src: JAXA website] Asian Approaches to Space Security
Despite a lack of consensus and differences in space programs, broad support exists in Asia to prevent further space weaponization and to enhance cooperation.
Image: Rocket illustration [Src: JAXA website]
UN Security Council The role of regional and sub-regional organizations in implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1540: a preliminary assessment of the African continent [PDF format]
This report discusses the framework of African regional and sub-regional organizations and the role they can play implementing resolution 1540.
Image: UN Security Council
Palais des Nations in Geneva CNS Special Section: NPT Resources
The updated CNS NPT Resources page features articles and documents related to the upcoming NPT Review Conference, including the 2007 NPT Briefing Book.
Image: Palais des Nations in Geneva
Usama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri From the Horse's Mouth: Unraveling Al-Qa`ida's Target Selection Calculus
Al-Qa`idas primarily selects economic targets to derail the American economy, to sever American and Muslim alliances, and to remove all Western influence from the Middle East.
Image: Picture of Usama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri [Src: cnn.com]
Yava-1M installation An Alleged "Nuclear Device" in Western Kazakhstan Is a Non-nuclear Installation
On 14 February 2007, Kazakh parliamentarian Tokhtar Aubakirov announced Kazakhstan still possessed a nuclear explosive device. However, the device is actually a research installation for high-pressure physics experiments.
Image: Yava-1M installation.
Georgian vehicle-mounted radioactivity monitor. Recent Weapons Grade Uranium Smuggling Case: Nuclear Materials are Still on the Loose
Recent reports of the seizure of weapons-grade uranium from traffickers in Georgia raise concerns about poor cooperation against nuclear terrorism.
Image: Georgian vehicle-mounted radioactivity monitor.
Anti-satellite Illustration Space Arms Race: China's ASAT Test a Wake-up Call
On January 11, 2007, China successfully tested a direct ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon. Despite Beijing's assurance that the test was not "aimed" at anyone, China's use of an ASAT weapon to destroy a satellite raises a number of questions about Beijing's intentions in space.
Image: Artist conception of an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon.
DPRK poster North Korea Likely to Conduct Second Nuclear Test
From a technical standpoint, North Korea should be expected to conduct at least one or two more nuclear tests before its leaders can be confident in their "nuclear deterrent."
Image: North Korean propaganda poster: "A Satellite Launch with Our Power and Knowledge: The First 'Boom' of a Strong and Powerful Country."
Secretary-General's address to the BWC Sixth Review Conference 20 November 2006 The Sixth BWC Review Conference: Success or Failure?
An interview with Dr. Jonathan B. Tucker, a specialist in biological and chemical weapons issues, on the outcome of the Sixth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.
Image: Secretary-General's address to the BWC Sixth Review Conference - 20 November 2006. Ambassador Masood Khan (Pakistan) presiding.

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