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Apr 3, 2014

Ukraine and the future of nonproliferation

How will Russia’s annexation of Crimea affect other countries’ efforts to become or remain nuclear powers, asks Kingston Reif in his March/April Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists column?

Mar 31, 2014

Roll Call Publishes OpEd on Nuclear Material Security by Gen. George A. Buskirk & Board Member, Alexandra Toma

"Preventing one of the major threats of our time currently relies on a voluntary mishmash of security arrangements — we can and should do much better. Bolder action is needed to strengthen the persistent weak links in the chain to prevent the world’s most dangerous materials from falling into the wrong hands. Congress must now rise to the challenge. There is much work to be done," writes Gen. George A. Buskirk & Alexandra Toma for Roll Call.

Mar 26, 2014

Minneapolis Star-Tribune Letter to the Editor on U.S.-Russian Cooperation by Lt. General Robert Gard

"Together, the United States and Russia have been able to secure dangerous nuclear materials, minimize proliferation, reduce the number of nuclear weapons that could instantly target U.S. cities and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, thereby enhancing U.S. and global security.," writes Lt. Gen. Robert Gard for Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Feb 27, 2014

Obama's nuclear legacy on the line

He’s made progress on Iran, but the rest of the president's nuclear agenda has stalled, writes Kingston Reif in his February Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Column.

Feb 27, 2014

New York Times Letter to the Editor on Pentagon spending by Lt. General Robert Gard

"Investments in defense programs must target 21st-century security threats, not those we faced during the Cold War," writes Lt. Gen. Robert Gard for The New York Times.

Feb 20, 2014

TruthOut Publishes OpEd on Iran Negotiations by Laicie Heeley

"...we can guarantee that as long as the diplomatic process is allowed to continue, Iran's nuclear program will not be allowed to progress, bringing us one step closer to eliminating the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon," writes Laicie Heeley for TruthOut.

Feb 3, 2014

National Interest OpEd on Hillary Clinton & Foreign Policy by Usha Sahay

"Now, though, with the Bush years in the rearview mirror, Democrats are finding that they need to explain what they stand for. And many are encountering a tension between the antiwar impulses of their base and the more centrist national security philosophy that they have espoused all along, one that allows for the use of force in a way that much of the public is no longer comfortable with," writes Usha Sahay for The National Interest.

Jan 30, 2014

New Jersey Star-Ledger Publishes Letter to the Editor on Undermining Iran Nuclear Accord by Usha Sahay

"But the sanctions bill Menendez put forward would effectively change the rules mid-game. Ask any businessman: That is a sure way to end a deal and a business relationship," writes Usha Sahay for The Star-Ledger.

Jan 28, 2014

TruthOut Publishes OpEd on So-Called "Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act" by Dr. Levine, Board Member

"I doubt that the co-sponsors really intend to scuttle the Iran negotiations and break up the international sanctions regime. Rather, like so many scam victims, they wired their money to a political Nigeria without ever reading the fine print," writes Dr. Ed Levine for TruthOut.

Jan 22, 2014

A necessary evil

The recent nuclear deal with Iran allows it to enrich uranium, but puts it farther away from a weapon. So why do some argue that it undermines nonproliferation?

Jan 15, 2014

Roll Call OpEd: Spend Smarter, Not More by Generals Gard & Johns

"Our nation needs an open dialogue about government spending, especially on U.S. military programs that damage our national security by ballooning the national debt," writes Lt. General Robert Gard & Brig. General John Johns for Roll Call.

Jan 9, 2014

Arms Control Today Publishes Feature on Sustaining Nuclear Security by Duyeon Kim

"The biennial nuclear security summit process is entering its third round, but despite the significant progress made thus far, nuclear security still is not dramatic or 'sexy' enough to sustain top-level attention and interest," writes the Center's senior fellow Duyeon Kim in the Arms Control Today January/February 2014 edition. The Nuclear Security Summits achieved significant progress, but much more work remains. In her latest piece on nuclear security, Duyeon Kim discusses the urgency of the work as well as ways to measure success for the next two summits and beyond.

Jan 1, 2014

Washington County Enterprise-Leader Publishes OpEd on Nuclear Deal with Iran by James Lewis

Despite the overwhelming logic to the contrary, members of Congress are introducing legislation to call for a new slate of counterproductive sanctions. Pro-diplomacy groups are rallying to prevent this with sites like http://bit.ly/DiplomacyNotWar that help constituents urge their lawmakers to support diplomacy," writes James Lewis for The Washington County Enterprise-Leader.

Dec 31, 2013

Huffington Post Publishes OpEd on Roads to War with Iran by Col. Richard Klass & Lt. Gen. Robert Gard

"Senator Menendez and his colleagues should rethink this very bad idea and come back from their holiday break with this bomb defused," writes Col. Richard Klass and Lt. General Robert Gard for The Huffington Post.

Dec 12, 2013

CNN's GPS Publishes OpEd on P5+1-Iran Deal by Laicie Heeley

"America’s best diplomats, along with the help of the international community, have worked for years to establish the incentives to achieve this good deal. They deserve our thanks. Now the United States and our allies are freezing the most proliferation-sensitive aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, beginning a modest rollback of its capability, and establishing the outlines of a long-term deal that will permanently eliminate the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. That’s a big step forward and one that all Americans should support," writes Laicie Heeley for CNN's GPS.

Dec 11, 2013

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Reduce the Bombs

"Since the end of the Cold War, the size of the U.S. nuclear stockpile has dropped steadily - from about 22,000 warheads to roughly 5,000 today. But perhaps the best kept non-secret of U.S. nuclear policy is that most of these reductions haven’t been codified in treaties," write Kingston Reif & Usha Sahay.

Dec 9, 2013

Stars & Stripes Publishes OpEd on Nuclear Deal with Iran by Generals Gard, Seip & Cheney

"Congress should give this initial deal a chance to succeed while the international community closely monitors Iranian compliance, and works to achieve a comprehensive resolution to the Iranian nuclear program.," writes Generals Robert Gard, Norman Seip & Stephen Cheney for Stars and Stripes.

Nov 21, 2013

The Diplomat Publishes OpEd on U.S. Policy Toward North Korea by General Gard

"The only hope for achieving the objective of a nuclear free Korean Peninsula, or even reducing the threat posed by a nuclear armed North Korea, is through negotiations. Isolating and sanctioning Pyongyang increases its incentive to earn hard currency by selling weapons and nuclear technology on the black market. It is difficult to understand why the U.S. administration is willing to negotiate with Iran on its nuclear program but not with North Korea," writes Lt. General Robert Gard for The Diplomat.

Nov 20, 2013

Making a nuclear deal with Iran

On November 20, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will resume. Only negotiation can check Tehran’s nuclear program, writes Kingston Reif in his November Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Column.

Nov 7, 2013

DefenseOne OpEd on Diplomacy with Iran by Laicie Heeley

"America’s national security establishment agrees that military force will not advance U.S. interests in the region. It would make things catastrophically worse. Advocates of military action posit that a “targeted” strike would send a message to Tehran. But retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and National Security Agency, disagreed that military force could achieve that goal, saying in 2012 that an attack on Iran “would guarantee that which we are trying to prevent -- an Iran that will spare nothing to build a nuclear weapon and that would build it in secret," writes Laicie Heeley for DefenseOne.

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