2019 in review: Our top 15 posts and interviews

By Anna Schumann, Communications Director

It’s been a year of ups and downs in nuclear arms control, and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has seen all of it. Take a look at our top 15 favorite op-eds, news articles, blog posts, podcasts and more from 2019.

  1. Here’s a timeless piece from Castleman Fellow Erin Connolly and former Senior Policy Analyst Sara Kutchesfahani about what you(th) can do about nuclear weapons
  1. Executive Director John Tierney wrote about how our national missile defense system is actually detrimental to our security (and is costing us billions!)
  1. Watch Executive Director John Tierney helped Senator Ed Markey and Representative Ted Lieu reintroduce the Restricting First Use Act (HR 669) to Congress: “Without No First Use, we have a thermonuclear monarchy.” 
  1. One key moment of 2019 was the collapse of the  INF Treaty. While this was definitely a tough blow, we’re working hard to ensure the extension of New START in 2020! Check out Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell’s quote in this great piece on the future of strategic arms control.
  1. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Adam Smith introduced a bill so short it fits in a tweet: “It is the policy of the United States to not use nuclear weapons first.” Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell explains.
  1. While we’re still in 2019, Castleman Fellow Erin Connolly is in 2020: “What might be defined as ‘future technology’ is already here, and the societal tension with ‘smarter’ technology is increasingly palpable.” 
  1. Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell appeared on BBC World News to provide her thoughts and analysis on the Hanoi Trump-Kim summit earlier this year. 
  1. One of 2020’s biggest challenges will be securing an extension of the New START Treaty. Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell explains to CNN why trying to create a trilateral arms control deal between the U.S., Russia and China—rather than extending New START—puts the treaty in jeopardy. 
  1. This summer, the latest installment of the Godzilla franchise hit movie theaters. Former Scoville Fellow Rachel Emond and intern Deverrick Holmes unpack the nuclear origins of the movie, and how Hollywood has erased the cultural significance of the original Godzilla story.
  1. 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan. This past year, our Nukes of Hazard podcast sat down with Kathleen Burkinshaw, who told the story of her mother, a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. Give it a listen.
  1. Earlier this year, Research Analyst Abby Pokraka made her debut in the National Interest with an op-ed on the slow-burning nuclear crisis no one is talking about
  1. In September, we went back to the basics with this explainer video on different types of missiles. If you’re curious about the differences between ballistic, cruise and hypersonic missiles, this video is for you
  1. Earlier this summer, Program Coordinator Abigail Stowe-Thurston debunked some of the myths surrounding No First Use. (And no, a possible alien attack is not a justifiable excuse for refusing to endorse No First Use.) 
  1. The end of 2019 saw rumors about a possible U.S. withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell and Anthony Wier of the Friends Committee on National Legislation explain the treaty’s history and why the treaty still matters today.
  1. To conclude our Year in Review, see how much you’ve learned by taking our Buzzfeed Quiz! You’d better not bomb this test…