Front and Center Newsletter: May 13

An update on nuclear arms control, national security and nuclear weapons policy from the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 

Nukes of Hazard Podcast:

Syria’s Chemical Weapons

This week, we have a special edition of the Nukes of Hazard podcast on Syria’s chemical weapons program featuring Mallory Stewart, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance (AVC) at the U.S. Department of State. Listen to the podcast on Center’s website, SoundCloud, iTunes or Google Play.

Nuclear News:

Diplomacy with North Korea Can Work

Center Scoville Fellow Bernadette Stadler explains why diplomacy with North Korea has worked in the past and can again. To read her op-ed in Defense One, click here.

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What We Are Reading:

Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty

The Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union limited the number of ground-based anti-ballistic missile systems and sites that each side could have. To know more, click here.

The Threshold Test Ban Treaty (TTBT)

The Treaty on the Limitation of Underground Nuclear Weapon Tests, commonly known as the Threshold Test Ban Treaty (TTBT) prohibits underground nuclear weapons tests greater than 150 kilotons. To know more about the treaty and why it matters, click here.

Mallory Stewart Breaks Down Syria’s Chemical Weapons Program

In an interview with the Center, Stewart explained Syria’s chemical weapons program, and the steps the U.S. government has taken to deter future chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime. To read the interview, click here.

Center in the Press:

Center senior science fellow Philip Coyle was interviewed by CBS Sacramento about North Korea’s nuclear weapons threat. To read the article, click here.

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