Russ Wellen holds down the “Nukes and Other WMD’s” desk at the Faster Times, and writes “The Deproliferator” for Scholars & Rogues and other blogs. He is an advisor to the Madrona Institute and co-moderates Terralist.
Will the resignation of the head of safeguards for the International Atomic Energy Agency signal a softer or harder line toward Iran on the IAEA’s part?
The billions of dollars in cash flowing out of Kabul harken back to the shrink-wrapped $100 bills Paul Bremer sent to Iraq on pallets.
The Russian spy case beggars the question of how you can be a spy without any secrets to sell.
In the face of sanctions, defectors with nuclear secrets, and a liberalized officer corps, how long can Burma’s junta hold out?
When it comes to calling states rogues, why does India get a pass?
When it comes to nuclear weapons, there’s a reality more real than “realism.”
U.S.-India nuclear transactions have an adverse effect on disarmament protocols, thwart development in India, and even threaten corporate profits.
Will Gen. Petraeus “surge” Afghanistan like he did Iraq?
How can we achieve nuclear disarmament when the Obama administration seeks increased funding for the core of the weapon — the nuclear pit?
Is trading the investigation of the Gaza flotilla incident for easing of Israel’s blockade of Gaza the right move?
Many are leery of distinguishing honor killings from domestic violence for fear of victimizing Muslims.
Why have calls on the part of the American public for bin Laden’s head been so muted?
Sanctions are undermining President Obama’s Burma policy.
Is Afghan mineral find a game-changer or just a wild card?
In the end, disarmament won’t spring from a fruitless quest for ironclad rationales. Its establishment will be the result of a groundswell of reactions ranging from disgust with to bewilderment at a national security policy that puts the lives of tens of millions at risk.
Another obstacle to those who seek disarmament through policy channels is just how difficult it is to dispute “realist” arguments against disarmament.
In the long run, grassroots types sprouting by the side of the road — may have a better chance of implementing disarmament than those steering policy limos down the middle of the road.
CIA drone operators conflicted over drone strikes.
Did North Korea really have anything to do with the sinking of the Cheonan?