Why Spend $54 Billion More on the Pentagon? To Start a War, Obviously.

Why Spend $54 Billion More on the Pentagon? To Start a War, Obviously.

So, let me see if I’ve got this right. North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is about to launch a preemptive attack, so it has tried to use whatever minimal amount of influence it has to persuade...

START Stopper

In a critical op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor titled A ‘New START’ to an arms race between the US and Russia? Yousaf Butt of the Federation of American Scientists outlines just how missile defense, among other things, mucked up the New START arms...
U.S. and Russia: Where’s the Reset?

U.S. and Russia: Where’s the Reset?

When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, U.S.-Russian relations were strained and delicate. Arms control agreements had all but disintegrated and acrimonious conflict had largely displaced cooperation. Indeed several observers, including Mikhail...

The Government’s Nuclear Millstone

“While we are investing in areas that are critical to our future, we are also rooting out programs that aren’t needed and making hard choices to tighten our belt,” declared Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Hold on. Less than 20 percent of the Energy...

New START’s Nuclear Compromise

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between the United States and Russia officially entered into force in a low-key ceremony in Munich in early February–much to the delight of our military leadership, intelligence community, and just about every...

Nuclear Disarmament Would Make U.S. Undisputed Arms Champ

The Interpreter, the blog for Australia’s Lowy Institute for International Policy, is hosting a debate on whether or not nuclear deterrence is still relevant (assuming it ever was). In his contribution, George Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment of International...
A New Start on Treaties

A New Start on Treaties

Getting two-thirds of the Senate to agree on anything is a daunting task. So it was no small feat when the Senate approved New START, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, during its December lame duck session. New START was the first major international agreement...
Thanks to New START, You Too Can “Ride Out” a Nuclear Attack

Thanks to New START, You Too Can “Ride Out” a Nuclear Attack

When you think of a nuclear treaty such as New START, a decrease in the number of nuclear weapons naturally comes to mind. While that’s been true in the past, New START leaves the nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russia more or less intact. In March...
Nuclear Weapons Just Not Sexy Anymore

Nuclear Weapons Just Not Sexy Anymore

The incarnation of “sexy,” that is, that cropped up a few years ago: exciting or trendy in a general, not erotic, way. That settled, let’s move on to a paper that Christopher Ford wrote for the Hudson Institute in which he weighs, in classic...

Negotiating with Evil

Given the title of this week’s World Beat, perhaps you expected an essay on North Korea or another vilified U.S. adversary and violator of all human decency. Actually, I was referring to Jon Kyl. Those who dismiss the value of negotiating with North Korea insist...
Does Prague Stop With START?

Does Prague Stop With START?

(Pictured: Russian President Medvedev, Czech President Klaus, and US President Obama in Prague in April.) “There’s just been no talk about that right now, none whatsoever.” Thus spake John Kerry, who led the Senate campaign for New START ratification...

New START Closer to Breaking Out of the Blocks

The ratification vote for New START is finally at hand today or tomorrow and the Obama administration may have finally garnered enough supporters. The Los Angeles Times reports: Aides to Senate supporters of the treaty said that of the nine Republican members they...