nuclear terrorism

Iran earthquake: a catalyst for confidence building at Bushehr?

On April 16th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southeast Iran causing tremors that could be felt in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE, and western Saudi Arabia. This is only a week after a worrying 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Kaki, a southern Iranian town located just 60 miles from Iran's Bushehr nuclear power station.

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An agenda for the P5 meeting in Paris: BASIC report

The world's officially recognised nuclear powers, meeting in Paris today, should expand upon their existing commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and agree a disarmament roadmap, according to a new report from the British American Security Information Council.
     "It's time the P5 - Britain, the United States, France, Russia and China - began laying the foundations to climb down the nuclear ladder, in line with their NPT commitments," said Dr Andrew Cottey, the author of the BASIC report and a member of BASIC’s governing board.

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Deterrence in the Age of Nuclear Proliferation

In their fourth The Wall Street Journal OpEd promoting the need for global nuclear disarmament, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Defense Secretary William J. Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn call for nations to begin moving now toward a new, safer and more stable form of deterrence with decreasing nuclear risks and an increasing measure of assured security.

Barack Obama's hopes for a nuclear-free world fading fast

“I wouldn't say it was dead. It's in emergency resuscitation” ... "If there is hope, no, it's not coming from Washington. The leadership of this is not going to come from Washington." 

Paul Ingram, executive director of BASIC, was quoted in the Guardian. To read more see:


Current NATO Nuclear Policy

Des Browne argued that “while there is no case for NATO giving up all its nuclear forces unilaterally, there is also no real case for continuing with the status quo….. The question for NATO as it revises its Strategic Concept ahead of Lisbon is what can it do to add to the disarmament momentum without either undermining alliance cohesion or taking unnecessary risks with alliance security?


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