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The Illegality of Targeting Civilians by Way of Belligerent Reprisal: Implications for U.S. Nuclear Doctrine

May 2021

Scott Sagan and Allen Weiner argue that for legal, ethical, and strategic reasons, it is time for the United States to affirmatively recognize the customary international law prohibition on targeting...

Nuclear Arms Control in the 2020s

April 2021

As the United States, Russia and others figure out how to maintain and enhance strategic stability in a multi-player, multi-domain world, Washington and Moscow will continue to have a central role,...

What’s ‘Communist’ about the Communist Party of China?

March 2021

Is the Chinese Communist Party really communist at all? Expert Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, weighs in.

Fukushima’s tragic legacy—radioactive soil, ongoing leaks, and unanswered questions

March 2021

CISAC Co-Director Rod Ewing tells National Geographic that, “In some cases, as we become more sophisticated, we’ve lost the ability to see what’s most obvious.”

French report grapples with nuclear fallout from Algerian War

March 2021

French President Emmanuel Macron commissioned a report aimed at “reconciliation of memories between France and Algeria,” which France ruled as the jewel of its colonial empire for more than 130 years...

Military Competition with China: Harder to Win Than During the Cold War?

February 2021

On February 10th, the APARC China Program hosted Professor Oriana Mastro to discuss military relations between the US and China, and why deterrence might be even more difficult than during the Cold...

Biden puts US national security first in extending New START Treaty

January 2021

Extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, with Russia was one of President Biden’s first foreign policy acts after he took the oath of office on Jan. 20. The treaty would have...

Where Next On Nuclear Arms Control?

January 2021

For nearly five decades, nuclear arms control has been an exclusive enterprise between Washington and Moscow. The resulting agreements have provided significant constraints on the U.S.-Soviet (later...

Reviving Nuclear Arms Control Under Biden

November 2020

The Biden presidency that begins in January will adopt some very different directions from its predecessor in foreign policy. One such area is arms control, particularly nuclear arms control with...

Reflections of a Scientist Laboring in the Nuclear Waste Field

November 2020

The U.S. nuclear waste and disposal system is a failure--even though it has been active for more than 50 years at a cost of tens of billions of dollars. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 was born...

Private, centralized storage for spent nuclear fuel: A dead end or path forward?

November 2020

How should the United States manage more than 80,000 metric tons of highly radioactive spent fuel currently sitting in storage at 72 commercial nuclear plants across the country?

Hope for Nuclear Arms Control?

October 2020

While concern had grown over the past several weeks about a breakdown in U.S.-Russian arms control, it appears the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and nuclear arms control more broadly may...

Washington’s Arms Control Delusions and Bluffs

September 2020

The Trump administration’s stances on nuclear negotiations don’t even make sense as a starting point.

Rethinking Nuclear Arms Control

September 2020

Where is nuclear arms control—negotiated restraints on the deadliest weapons of mass destruction—headed? This 50-year tool of US national security policy is currently under attack.

Nuclear Weapons: It’s Time for Sole Purpose

September 2020

The “sole purpose” of U.S. nuclear weapons should be to deter and—if necessary, retaliate against—a nuclear attack. This would mark a significant change in U.S. nuclear policy, eliminating ambiguity...

Delaying Doomsday

July 2020

Debak Das, Scott Sagan and Rupal Mehta discuss Mehta's new book, Delaying Doomsday: The Politics of Nuclear Rerversal, with James Goldgeier, Co-Director of Bridging the Gap.

Why the atomic bombing of Hiroshima would be illegal today

July 2020

The archival record makes clear that killing large numbers of civilians was the primary purpose of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The attack would be illegal today for violating three major...

The Science of Trinity

July 2020

Siegfried Hecker, former director of both Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Center for International Cooperation and Security, reflects on the meaning of the Trinity nuclear weapons test and...

Experts Discuss Future U.S. Relations with North Korea Amid Escalations

July 2020

Led by APARC, a panel of scholars hosted by the Freeman Spogli Institute weighs in on the implications of recent events on the Korean peninsula and the ongoing uncertainties in charting a future...

Unattainable Conditions for New START Extension?

June 2020

President Donald Trump’s chief arms control envoy last week acknowledged the possibility that the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) could be extended, but he added, “only under...

On Arms Control, Little Reason for Optimism

May 2020

Officials in Moscow and Beijing will read Mr. Billingslea’s interview and see nothing to give them reason to negotiate.

US nukes in Poland are a truly bad idea

May 2020

On May 15, the U.S. Ambassador in Warsaw, Georgette Mosbacher, suggested relocating U.S. nuclear weapons based in Germany to Poland. One hopes this was just a mistake by a political appointee...

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