Tag Archives: Nuclear Weapons

Taking the Standoff Between Iran and the US in the Gulf as a Controlled Experiment

The escalating crisis in the Persian Gulf between Iran and the United States and its allies is about as close as one can get to a controlled experiment in international relations. On the hand the crisis promises to tell us … Continue reading

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Back to the Future: US Ups the Ante on Russian Nuclear Weapons Testing at Novaya Zemlya

A lot of the new nuclear weapons systems that have been discussed from the 1990s onward, but never realised, have origins that can be traced back to the US and Soviet weapons labs of the 1980s. The end of the … Continue reading

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North Korea’s KN-23 SRBM and Strategic Stability

It’s not the KN-23 SRBM alone that’s a threat to strategic stability on the Korean peninsula. That threat comes from a mutual strategic interaction between the US, South Korea, and North Korea. Continue reading

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It Takes Two Baby: North Korea’s Second Iskander Like SRBM Test and Strategic Stability

The escalation ladder we are climbing with North Korea is starting to take some serious and some ominous shape. Continue reading

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Making an International Crisis into an International Crisis: North Korea Tests Short Range Ballistic Missile and Multiple Rocket Launchers in Echo of 2017

We’re riding an escalation ladder with North Korea, and we’ll continue to do so until we recognise that North Korea also has interests. Continue reading

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Brighter Than a Thousand Suns: Is Kim Jong-un Gearing Up for The Mother of All October Surprises?

Kim Jong-un has given Donald Trump a deadline of one year to play ball on denuclearisation. Next year is an election year. October surprise! Continue reading

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What Happened at Hanoi, What You’re Supposed to Think Did, and What Should Happen Now

What you’re supposed to think happened at Hanoi, didn’t happen at Hanoi and Donald Trump is no Forrest Gump because though a moron Gump wasn’t a hustler. Continue reading

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Riding the Escalation Ladder with North Korea Risks Intentional Nuclear War

From before Hanoi we’ve been riding the escalation ladder with North Korea, and it looks like liberals and neoconservatives don’t mind nuclear war too much. Continue reading

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North Korea’s Reassembly Activity at the Sohae Satellite Launch Facility

Post Hanoi news has been dominated by reassembly activity at Sohae. What might it mean for North Korea’s space programme and nuclear talks with the US? Continue reading

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Me!2: On the Collapse of the Hanoi Summit.

When Melos gets the H-bomb Athens should get what it can get. But Athens wants more. That’s the lesson of the Hanoi fizzle. Continue reading

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