THE LATEST ON RUSSIAN NUCLEAR THREATS
As the team here at the Center continues to track new developments in Ukraine, the nuclear risks of the current crisis remain top of mind.
We have continued to update a series of frequently asked questions about the nuclear issues involved in the Ukraine crisis. They answer questions about why Ukraine is so important to Russia, whether Ukraine has the tools to build a nuclear weapon, the likelihood of Russian President Vladimir Putin using a nuclear weapon in Ukraine, and more. This information has been shared widely in Congressional offices and across social media, helping promote informed conversation in a sea of rapidly changing news and misinformation.
We know the news about the ongoing conflict can be overwhelming; here is a selection of several interviews featuring our team members over the past few weeks.
How serious is Russia about nuclear war? (May 7; Yahoo! News)
What’s the latest on Russia and Ukraine? (April 28; WWL News)
Russia’s ‘Satan 2’ missile changes little for U.S., scholars say (April 20; The Washington Post)
Five deadly weapons Russia is accused of using in Ukraine (April 18; The Hill)
OP-ED: Putin’s horrendous war on Ukraine is no reason to give up on renewing the nuclear deal with Iran (April 18; Business Insider)
NEW PODCAST: THE FUTURE OF NONSTRATEGIC NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Battlefield nuclear weapons — also called tactical or nonstrategic nuclear weapons — are a continuing topic of conversation in the halls of Congress and inside the Pentagon following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But what are they, are they necessary and why do we keep talking about them? Nukes of Hazard podcast host and Center Policy Analyst Geoff Wilson talks with Jane Vaynman, Assistant Professor in Political Science at Temple University, to discuss their role in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, deterrence and more. Listen online or find Nukes of Hazard wherever you get your podcasts.
FAQs: IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
As negotiations to reinstate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, continue, Research Analyst Samuel Hickey has answered some freqently asked questions about the deal, including what it accomplished, how it manages Iran’s missile program, Russia’s involvement in the deal and why various countries support it.
NEW DATE: A CONVERSATION WITH REP. KATIE PORTER
IMPORTANT OPPOSITION TO SUBMARINE-LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILE
House Strategic Forces Subcommittee Chairman Jim Cooper (D-TN) has strongly backed the Biden administration’s decision to abandon a new nuclear-tipped sea-launched cruise missile. In a May 17 statement, he declared, “I commend the Biden administration for its decision to retire the B-83 gravity bomb and forgo a new nuclear sea-launched cruise missile. Adding a life-extension to the B-83 and developing a new SLCM warhead would further strain a National Nuclear Security Administration complex that is already facing significant challenges.”
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis also weighed in this week, saying, “on nuclear weapons, I am concerned about the destabilizing effect of lighter, smaller, and less clear-cut systems—such as the sea launch cruise missile tipped with nuclear weapons. Trying to mix-and-match conventional cruise missiles with systems that have nuclear capability generates real uncertainty in the mind of an opponent, who might overreact and escalate to a nuclear scenario. That is a significant worry.”
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