Tag Archives: Global Security

North Korea’s Big New Rocket Engine: What Does the Latest Engine Test Mean?

The New York Times carries an article on North Korea‚Äôs recent stationary test of a new engine for its space programme, which, of course, has implications for ballistic missile development. The article emphasises possible North Korean cooperation with Iran, which … Continue reading

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Back Into the Cold? Incoming Stratcom CinC Vows to Ditch the RD180 Rocket Engine

On September 20 North Korea, in the august presence of Kim Jong Un himself, tested a rocket engine as part of its space programme, and the test appears to be that of a new engine incorporating features that take North … Continue reading

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Hollow North Korean Nuclear Warhead Pits?

Jeffrey Lewis has an interesting article exploring some of the possible technical advances represented by North Korea’s fifth nuclear weapons test. He reminds us of the boast earlier this year, from Kim Jong-un, that North Korea had developed a nuclear … Continue reading

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5th North Korean Nuclear Test: Sleepwalk to Catastrophe Continues.

With what can only be described as great timing 38North, on September 8, reported that the latest (August 27) public domain satellite imagery of the North Korean nuclear test site, at Punggye-ri, indicated renewed activity at the site. Notably, a … Continue reading

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Obama Reportedly Won’t Adopt No First Use of Nuclear Weapons

The New York Times has just reported that President Obama will likely not pursue a no first use pledge, despite much speculation over the past few months that this was likely. The article, by Sanger and Broad, the two big … Continue reading

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The K-N-11 and THAAD: Sleepwalking Toward Catastrophe in Korea.

North Korea recently (August 24) conducted a test of the K-N-11, solid fuelled, submarine launched ballistic missile. There are a number of issues worth reflecting upon in light of the test, but I shall restrict myself here to its possible … Continue reading

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The Nebula and the Swamp: Just Responses to Terrorism

Ramzi Kassem, of the City University of New York, has a splendid oped in The New York Times on France, the state of emergency and terrorism. It is well worth reading, and thinking about. Gilles Kepel in a work on … Continue reading

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