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    Author of Russian Reset Admits Policy Is Dead

    President Obama’s former Ambassador to Russia and self-described author of the Russian reset policy Michael McFaul today admitted the obvious: the reset is dead. In a radio interview with the Flint Report in Montana, McFaul stated, “The reset ended, the reset ended a long time ago.” McFaul is correct that … More

    North Korea Threatens 'New Form' of Nuclear Test

    North Korea threatened on March 30 to carry out a “new form of nuclear test for bolstering up our nuclear deterrence.” The regime declared it has a “more diversified nuclear deterrence” to be used for hitting medium- and long-range targets “with a variety of striking power.” Pyongyang also warned that … More

    Why Ukraine May Make Iran Even More Determined to Go Nuclear

    They called it the Lisbon Protocol. In 1991, the U.S. and Russia agreed to historic reductions in nuclear weapons. But there was a hitch: Russia didn’t exactly own all of its nukes. When the Soviet Union collapsed, lots of them were left in the former vassal states of Belarus, Ukraine … More

    Moniz Finalizes Nuclear Loan Guarantee Subsidy

    Continuing the subsidy-first mentality of today’s energy policy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the finalization of a $6.5 billion loan guarantee to Georgia Power and its partners, with an additional $1.8 billion pending for the Vogtle nuclear reactors, among the first being built after a 30-year dry spell in … More

    The Complexities of the Nuclear Weapons Landscape

    Two recently released government reports show that the worldwide nuclear threat is getting more complex and more dangerous. The Defense Science Board (DSB) report shows how hard it can be to develop plans for even monitoring the nuclear landscape. For starters, the nuclear landscape is changing all the time: The … More

    Nuclear Trade Agreements: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

    The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held an important hearing on 123 agreements—that is, agreements the U.S. makes with other countries that govern the exchange of components used in commercial nuclear power. It has been the consistent stance of the U.S. to minimize the proliferation of nuclear weapons. From the … More

    Americans Spend More on Pets Than on Nuclear Weapons

    A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released last week estimates that the cost of nuclear forces for 2014–2023 will be $355 billion—an average of $39.4 billion a year. Nuclear forces are essential for U.S. national security, which makes this investment negligible; indeed, Americans spend much more on their pets. The … More

    H.R. 3766 Wrong Approach to Global Commercial Nuclear Growth

    Last week Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–FL) introduced H.R. 3766, resurrecting the supposed “gold standard” for commercial nuclear trade. However, the bill discourages the very behavior that could help to solve the problems it aims to address. The global expansion of commercial nuclear power does present new challenges. In response, H.R. … More

    A Bad Nuclear Deal with Iran Could Lead to War

    The deal that the Obama Administration struck at the Geneva talks yesterday amounts to a flawed agreement that risks reducing sanctions pressure on Iran over next six months in return for easily reversible Iranian pledges, some of which Iran has given before but subsequently reneged on. The deal requires Iran … More

    Yucca Mountain: NRC Takes First Step to Follow the Law

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) took a constructive step toward finishing the job on Yucca Mountain. Yesterday, the NRC announced its plan of action to complete the safety evaluation review of the site, calling it “an agency priority.” This comes three years after then-NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko controversially halted the … More