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Security Brief: April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013

North Korea If you’re using any type of media on a semi-reuglar basis–newspapers, TV, radio, the Internet–then it’s pretty impossible for you not to know that something’s up with North Korea. Bellicose rhetoric, nuclear posturing, ya da ya da ya da. And if you you’ve heard about North Korea, you’ve also probably heard that one… Read More ›

Nuclear News: An endgame for Iran, deterrence myths, and the next level of terrorism

A lot is happening in the world of nuclear weapons; here’s a quick rundown of some articles, videos, and reports that may be of interest: Iran At The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Kaveh L. Afrasiabi sets out guidelines for a possible endgame in the Iranian nuclear saga. On the list: considering Iran to be… Read More ›

State of the Union Jitters

It’s a day before Obama’s first State of the Union address of his second term, and many commentators are speculating about what subjects the speech will address. With regards to international security, Obama could address topics (drones, other counterterrorism policies, nuclear weapons, etc.) or regions (the Middle East, South Asia particularly in terms of Pakistan… Read More ›

Week in Review: January 28-February 1

Syria, Lebanon, and Israel Israel executed an airstrike on a Syrian convoy headed for Lebanon on Wednesday. Israel claims the convoy was carrying Russian anti-aircraft missiles and was meant for Hezbollah. Israel seemed to be acting on claims that Bashar al-Assad might seek to better arm Hezbollah so that the group would be well-placed strategically… Read More ›

Security News: December 24, 2012

Turkey Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin has accused Iran of not doing enough to curtail the activities of the PKK (Kurdish Worker’s Party). The minister says that Iran has neglected to act against the PKK’s “intensified campaign” within its borders. The PKK, labeled a terrorist organization by the EU, the US, and Turkey, has been… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 12, 2012

US The United States has condemned North Korea‘s recent rocket launch as a “‘highly provocative act’ that threatens regional security.” Tuesday’s event came as a surprise, as North Korea talked Saturday of postponing the launch by at least a week due to a technical problem. This launch fared better; the US military confirmed that the rocket’s… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 11, 2012

North Korea Oh they’ve done it now, they sent one up. North Korea has successfully launched a rocket into orbit according to Reuters. This is a quite recent development, however it seems that the newest N. Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un is making up for the last time they tried launching a rocket during his regime. The… Read More ›

Nuclear News: December 9, 2012

The United States has carried out a nonexplosive nuclear test in Nevada. The subcritical test did not involve a fission process that is key to atomic detonations. The test took place at the Nevada National Security Site. The test–the first since February 2011–studied “how plutonium responds to a conventional explosive detonation.”  The US has said… Read More ›

Pop Culture and the Bomb

What do two recent movies, “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” have in common (besides superheroes)? Hint: It has something to do with one of the mainstays of popular culture over the last half century. The correct answer here would be “the bomb.” Both movies in their climaxes illustrate a metropolis threatened by the… Read More ›

Nuclear News: Nov. 28, 2012

Pakistan Pakistan has test launched a medium-range missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads to a target up to 1300 km away. That makes the Hatf V (Ghauri) missile capable off hitting deep targets in India. Meanwhile, the father of the Pakistani nuclear program, A.Q. Khan, has registered a new political party in the country. It is… Read More ›