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Nuclear linkage


Fiona Cunningham

24 November 2011 11:04

  • The Nuclear Threat Initiative has published a major report on reducing nuclear dangers in Europe, with an all-star cast of nuclear experts from both sides of the Atlantic providing fresh ideas on some of the most contentious issues in NATO-Russia deterrence, from nuclear posture to missile defence and tactical nuclear weapons deployments.
  • With Labor's debate on uranium sales to India hotting up, there is plenty to learn from the US experience of nuclear cooperation with India, detailed in this Congressional Research Service report.
  • If this leaves you confused as to who is involved in nuclear policy-making in the US, this chart should help untangle the agencies and lines of authority.
  • India's decision to acquire nuclear weapons, resulting in its outsider status to the NPT, is a key element of the uranium sales controversy. Why did India acquire the bomb? ANU's Andrew Kennedy persuasively argues that it first exhausted other options to ensure its national security before turning to nuclear weapons (subscription required).
  • The latest issue of International Security has two more treats for the nuclear inclined: one analysing domestic reasons why Japan won't acquire nuclear weapons and another on how to cope militarily with a collapsing North Korea (subscription required).
  • Fallout from the Iran IAEA report continues: while Republican candidates in the US one-up each other with promises of pre-emption, others appear to be imagining how to live with a nuclear Iran, drawing implicitly on the US experience with a nuclear North Korea.

The Nuclear Reactions column is supported by the Nuclear Security Project of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, as part of a wider partnership between the NSP and the Lowy Institute.