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The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast.

The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast.
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The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast.

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The Donald and the Nuclear V: The Senate Strikes Back

11/21/2017
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“Liddle Bob Corker” and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the President’s authority to use nuclear weapons. A bipartisan panel testified that “it’s fine.” But is it? Aaron and Jeffrey discuss Trump, the bomb, and President’s War Powers. Links of Note: C-SPAN video of the entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Nuclear Weapons Authority.

Duration: 00:34:10


South Korea's Missile Arsenal Expands

11/13/2017
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The US and South Korea agreed to revise the missile guidelines that have limited South Korea’s missile programs since the 1970s. Aaron and Jeffrey discuss the origin of those limits, their evolution, and the impact of missile proliferation on the Korean Peninsula. Links of Note: Arms Control Wonk article about South Korea's Anheung Proving Grounds, where the missile tests occur. Our last podcast on the Hyunmoo-2C, South Korea's latest publicly displayed missile.

Duration: 00:26:30


Missiles over the Middle East

11/8/2017
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Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, recently stated that Iran has no need to extend the range of its missiles beyond 2,000 km. With debates about Iran's missile program affecting the debate about the Iran nuclear deal, Aaron and Jeffrey take a survey of regional missile proliferation from Egypt to Iran. Special bonus, Jeffrey tries not to giggle uncontrollably every time Aaron mentions the Hague Code of Conduct, aka the H-COC. Links of...

Duration: 00:37:47


KCN-eh? October's Other North Korean Developments

11/1/2017
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A Canadian reviews the month's North Korea news with a special guest. For October, Andrea talks to Adam Cathcart -- a lecturer at Leeds University and editor of the website Sino-NK. They dig into the events of the 19th Party Congress in China, talk about the dodgy stuff the Egyptians have been buying from Pyongyang, and try to figure out what's in the water (or maple syrup) up North. Links of Note: Adam Cathcart's China Brief article on Chinese PLA troop movements near the border with...

Duration: 00:53:32


Our Source was the New York Times

10/30/2017
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The New York Times has a splashy interactive editorial, "Trump’s Nuclear Arsenal." It's good, but gets a few things wrong -- things that matter like Mutual Assured Destruction, Robert McNamara's famous thought experiment on sizing US nuclear forces, and how the US targets nuclear weapons. Also, they misuse decimate. Aaron and Jeffrey talk through the problems with US nuclear policy and Jeffrey's proposal to state that the US will not use nuclear weapon against a target if a...

Duration: 00:36:09


97% Invincible

10/26/2017
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President Trump said each of the missile defense interceptors at the Ground-based Midcourse Defense site in Alaska has a 97% chance of shooting down a North Korean missile and that two would have a 100% chance. Statistics don't work like that, at least that's not how it was taught where Jeffrey and Aaron went to school. We discuss how to think about missile defenses and statistical risk, while Scott joins us to explain the online calculator he built for just such a problem. Links...

Duration: 00:29:45


Uranium Fever

10/22/2017
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No, Hilary Clinton did not sell America's uranium to Russia. Aaron and Jeffrey attempt to patiently discuss the Uranium One purchase of Willow Creek uranium mine, the US firm that bribed Russian officials to win trucking contracts, and why this particular conspiracy theory is so prevalent in American political discourse. Links of Note: The Washington Post article fact checking the President's claim. The 2015 New York Times article that set the conspiracy theorizing in motion. A ...

Duration: 00:23:30


Decertification Day

10/17/2017
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Donald Trump announced a new "strategy" -- loosely defined -- for confronting Iran. Trump also will refuse to certify that Iran is implementing its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal, aka the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), throwing the issue back to Congress and (possibly) starting a second nuclear crisis. Jeffrey and Aaron discuss why Congress created the requirement to certify the Iran nuclear deal, why Trump hates it, and what happens now. Links of Note: NPR full...

Duration: 00:53:12


ICAN wins the Nobel Peace Prize

10/12/2017
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ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons." Jeffrey and Aaron discuss the prize, the treaty to ban nuclear weapons, and efforts to promote disarmament Links of Note: NTI's fact page on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Our episodes on the ban treaty negotiations,...

Duration: 00:45:19


Scuttling Der Weinerplan

10/3/2017
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Donald Trump told the United Nations that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka the Iran nuclear deal aka the Vienna Plan aka der Weinerplan) between Iran and the so-called E3/U-3 "Is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it -- believe me." Aaron and Jeffrey talk about the prospects for Trump to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal, why that would be a bad idea, why the "section T" talking point is tendentious nonsense, and why its time to...

Duration: 00:43:02


KCN-eh? September's Other North Korean Developments

9/29/2017
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A Canadian reviews the month's North Korea news with a special guest. For September, Andrea talks to Alison Evans -- deputy head of Asia-Pacific country risk at IHS Markit. They revisit UN General Assembly drama, developments in alliance politics, and North Korea's stunning victory at Disney puns.

Duration: 00:43:34


Banks and the Bomb

9/25/2017
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Proliferators not only need to move goods around the world to support their WMD and missile programs, they need to move money too. How do they get into the international financial system undetected? Can banks do more to stop them? Who is leading the global charge on countering proliferation finance? Andrea talks to Tom Keatinge, a former investment banker-turned financial crime specialist. Links of Note The Financial Action Task Force Recommendations FATF Combating the...

Duration: 00:49:58


Tiny Nukes for Tiny Hands

9/19/2017
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The Trump Administration is reportedly mulling the development of new "low yield" nuclear weapons in its Nuclear Posture Review. But is this really new? Or is it that we just don't trust the Trump Administration with sharp objects, let alone the bomb. Jeffrey and Aaron discuss the recent history of proposals for new nuclear weapons, including low-yield ones, as well as how partisan framing and foreign perceptions may matter more than the technical reality. Links of Note: Bryan...

Duration: 00:40:33


North Korea's Missile Submarine(s): Part 3

9/8/2017
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The final part in our three part series! Episode 1 can be found here. Episode 2 is here. This addendum episode includes discussion on new developments, the DPRK's 'Site B' for SLBMs, and the Golf submarines. In addition to a new ICBM and thermonuclear weapon, North Korea is also developing new class of solid-fueled missiles. Joseph Dempsey from the International Institute of Strategic Studies joins Jeffrey in a special three part episode to discuss the Pukguksong-1 submarine...

Duration: 00:26:26


North Korea's Missile Submarine(s): Part 2

9/8/2017
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In addition to a new ICBM and thermonuclear weapon, North Korea is also developing new class of solid-fueled missiles. Joseph Dempsey from the International Institute of Strategic Studies joins Jeffrey in a special three part episode to discuss the Pukguksong-1 submarine launched ballistic missile, the land-based Pukguksong-2 medium range ballistic missile, and Kim Jong Un's visit to the Chemical Material Institute in Hamhung. Part 2 of 3, originally recorded in August, before ICBM...

Duration: 00:27:10


North Korea's Missile Submarine(s): Part 1

9/7/2017
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In addition to a new ICBM and thermonuclear weapon, North Korea is also developing new class of solid-fueled missiles. Joseph Dempsey from the International Institute of Strategic Studies joins Jeffrey in a special two part episode to discuss the Pukguksong-1 submarine launched ballistic missile, the land-based Pukguksong-2 medium range ballistic missile, and Kim Jong Un's visit to the Chemical Material Institute in Hamhung. Part 1 of 3, originally recorded in August, before ICBM...

Duration: 00:58:06


North Korea Tests an H-bomb

9/5/2017
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Jeffrey was lounging at the beach with his phone off. You know what the means: NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST TIME! North Korea released images of Kim Jong Un inspecting what looked like a two-stage thermonuclear weapon and then, before analysts could pretend it was just a pinata, kablooie! North Korea detonated its largest nuclear explosive ever, with a yield of a few hundred kilotons. Aaron and Jeffrey talk about North Korea's H-bomb and try to end on that ever elusive happy note. Links of...

Duration: 00:49:50


An Era Without Arms Control?

8/28/2017
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The relationship between the United States and Russia is in the toilet. The FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act contains a number of provisions that call into question the viability of the INF and New START treaties, as well as the future of the entire bilateral arms control process. Jeffrey and Aaron discuss Russian nuclear modernization including new missiles like the Son of Satan, RS-26 Rubezh and the 9M729 GLCM and the prospect of renewed nuclear testing at Novaya...

Duration: 00:55:41


North Korean Sanctions and Shellfish

8/21/2017
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In all the squinting at shiny missile bits, the bigger picture on North Korea has gotten a bit lost. Jeffrey and Andrea talk about some of the less pointy topics like new sanctions on North Korea, mollusks, and the reaction in Japan and South Korea. Links of Note U.S. Fact Sheet on Resolution 2371 (2017) Strengthening Sanctions on North Korea. U.S. unilateral sanctions introduced in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

Duration: 00:46:56


The Donald and The Nuclear Goblet of Fire (And Fury)

8/11/2017
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The fourth part in our The Donald and The Nuclear series. The crazy lunatic with the odd hair style and long-range nuclear weapons is talking about "fire and fury". So naturally North Korea's Kim Jong Un threatened to fire four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles into the waters around Guam, saying that Donald Trump was "bereft of reason." Aaron, Scott and Jeffrey survey the smoldering wreckage that was Jeffrey's marriage-saving vacation in wine country and try to find a...

Duration: 00:41:59

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