An update on arms control, national security, and politics from Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Between North Korea testing a nuclear weapon and the Iran deal’s implementation, the Center and Council have been quite busy the last few weeks:
On Saturday, January 17, the Iran nuclear agreement was formally implemented after the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency verified that Iran had significantly rolled back and shrunk its nuclear program. Experts from the Council and Center offered up their words of praise for this historic achievement in our statement to the press. Read it here »
On January 13, once again Republicans in the House of Representatives set out to kill the nuclear agreement by taking up a bill that would prohibit President Obama from delivering on sanctions relief. Ahead of the vote, we immediately sent out this alert to members of Congress urging them to oppose the bill. You can also read what our experts had to say about this partisan stunt in our statement to the press. Our Council Board Member Jim Walsh was quoted here in the Christian Science Monitor!
In the first few days of January, North Korea tested its fourth nuclear weapon–claiming that this time, albeit falsely, that they’d successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. In this op-ed for The Hill, the Center’s Chair Emeritus Lt. Gen. Gard, Board Secretary Phil Coyle, and Policy Analyst Greg Terryn argue that the status quo of sanctions and tough rhetoric from Washington has done little in the way of deterring the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear ambitions. Read it here »
This Tuesday, January 26, our very own Council Board Member Jim Walsh and Policy Analyst Greg Terryn will sit on a panel of experts to discuss America’s aging nuclear arsenal and whether it’s really worth the $1 trillion reinvestment. Learn more »
“The global scourge of terrorism requires an unusual coalition of the willing—one that requires cooperation between Russia and the United States, despite the glaring differences between them,” write Center experts Lt. Gen. Gard, Gen. John Johns, andPulitzer prize-winning journalist Les Gelb in their op-ed for Foreign Policy. Read their take here »
- Center Board Secretary Phil Coyle was quoted in this New York Times piece, in which he speculates on whether or not North Korea had really tested a hydrogen bomb.
- Center Board Member Sharon Squassoni authored this op-ed for Reuters on why even a failed nuclear test makes North Korea’s nuclear arsenal scarier—and what must be done.
In recent weeks, certain key members of Congress have blustered about defunding the International Atomic Energy Agency—which is monitoring Iran’s adherence to the nuclear agreement—forgetting that doing so could push Iran closer to a nuclear weapon by removing our ability to monitor their nuclear program. The Center andCouncil organized this letter urging members of Congress to avoid this ill-advised anddangerous move. Read the letter on our website »
The 2016 campaign trail is heating up! Wondering what the Democratic andRepublican presidential candidates propose to do about nuclear weapons? Read our up-to-date collection of their statements on all things nuclear on the Nukes of Hazard blog »
Legacy of a More Livable World
In his final State of the Union speech, President Obama proudly highlighted his most major foreign policy achievement: the agreement to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. Here’s what the Iran deal has already done to make our world safer and more secure: