2007 Story Archives
Seizure of Uranium in Slovakia Produces Maelstrom of Exaggerated News Reports in International Media
Posted: December 21, 2007
- A recent trafficking case on the Slovak-Hungarian border gains media attention despite little evidence of proliferation significant activity.
Image: Radioisotope identifying device.
Posted: December 6, 2007
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]
Posted: November 5, 2007
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]
Posted: October 26, 2007
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.
Posted: October 23, 2007
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.
Posted: October 5, 2007
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.
Posted: September 19, 2007
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.
Posted: August 27, 2007
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
Posted: June 8, 2007
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]
Posted: June 1, 2007
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.
Posted: May 24, 2007
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]
Posted: May 22, 2007
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]
Posted: May 8, 2007
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]
Posted: May 8, 2007
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
Posted: May 3, 2007
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
Posted: April 17, 2007
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]
Posted: February 23, 2007
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.
Posted: January 26, 2007
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.
Posted: January 24, 2007
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.
Posted: January 8, 2007
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."
Posted: January 4, 2007
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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