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.


Readers’ Challenge: Was Gaza Flotilla Right to Refuse Gilad Schalit’s Father?

Pro-Palestinian humanitarian flotilla refuses offer of Gilad Shalit’s father.

Readers’ Challenge: Have IR Deadlines Outlived Their Usefulness?

In the world of international relations, setting deadlines and creating timelines seems increasingly unproductive.

Reader’s Challenge: ‘Ritual Nick’ — Preventive Measure or Cultural Relativism?

Is the “ritual nick” just cultural relativism run amok?

Reader Challenge: Does Afghanistan Spell the End of NATO as We Know It?

Is NATO’s Excellent Afghanistan Adventure a blessing in disguise?

Reader Challenge: Red Shirt Leaders Turn Yellow — Whither Now?

Red Shirt leaders leave their followers in the lurch.

Nuclear Weapons Are a Gift From God

Nuclear weapons are a clarion call to look at the whole subject to which nuclear weapons are a sub-category — mass warfare.

Reader Challenge: Is the Middle-East Peace Process an Artifact of Another Age?

Is the quest for Israel-Palestine peace not only impossible but obsolete?

A Final Survey of Nuclear Posture Perspectives

Once and for all, is the Obama administration nuclear posture review slumped or standing up straight? Here’s a sample of commentators whose insights — from fresh to just plain strange — jumped out at us. (The new START treaty is remarked upon as well.)

Nuclear Modernization Making a Mockery of Disarmament

An easily confusing concept that can therefore be easily manipulated.

Reader Challenge: Can Moderates Make Charges That Suicide Bombers Are Infidels Stick?

Let us know if you think the latest fatwa will have an effect.

Abdicating U.S. Nonproliferation Leadership

The tricks conservatives use to defend a Republican president for dragging his feet on nonproliferation, as well as obstructing it, are the same they will use to cast an administration that dares to be rein in nuclear weapons as soft on security.