Barack Obama

  On the radar: Long history of delays and budget explosions; US-Russia ink risk reduction agreement; Testing Iran’s seriousness; Congress and Iran negotiations; Navy’s sub fund not official; and Netanyahu’s many metaphors.   Read more »
Posted on October 7, 2013
  On the radar: Tangled web of sanctions; Nuclear shutdown; Obama and Netanyahu; Ashton on talks; and Subcontinent summitry.   Read more »
Posted on October 1, 2013
  On the radar: A phone call; “Responsibility to pursue diplomacy”; Kerry’s timeline; Gambling and shuffling at STRATCOM; and China tightens exports to North Korea.   Read more »
Posted on September 30, 2013
Writing for Defense One, Joe Cirincione urges the U.S. and Russia to move past Snowden and focus on long-standing bilateral security threats. Read more »
Posted by admin on August 8, 2013
Standing at Berlin’s historic Brandenburg Gate, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to end the threat of nuclear weapons. “So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe,” he declared to waves of applause. Obama promised bold cuts in strategic and tactical nuclear weapons and pledged again to prevent more nations from acquiring nuclear weapons, ban nuclear testing, and end production of bomb materials. But the president delayed implementing any of these steps pending further reviews and discussions. It is thus unclear if the much-anticipated speech will generate the active cooperation from members of the United Nations that is needed to reduce nuclear dangers. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on July 8, 2013
On the radar: Sanctions effectiveness and negotiating strategies; North Korea’s rocket record; Demint leaving; Collapsing WMD-armed state; Indifference on DPRK; and a little Little Boy. Read more »
Posted on December 6, 2012
On the radar: After the reset; Senate passes NDAA; Iran dates; P5+1 in January; and Detecting nuclear blasts with radio telescopes. Read more »
Posted on December 5, 2012
For a sense of what's at stake for nuclear policy in this year's election, consider this: The U.S. government is on track to spend $640 billion over the next 10 years on nuclear weapons and related programs -- more than the military's budget for an entire year. The next president will make key policy decisions early in his term that will have an impact on these budgets and global security more broadly. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on November 6, 2012
On the radar: Nuclear portions of the speech; Taking stock of Iran policy; Carroll on DPRK; Ahmadinejad in NY; Blimp nets an intercept; CMRR update; New START BCC; and Nuking your cocktails.   Read more »
Posted on September 25, 2012
On the radar: How they work, and why Iran is a different threat; Technology, common sense blocking adventurism at labs; Misreading the “red lines” of the Cuban Missile Crisis; Scrapping Sturgeons; Obama’s nuclear security record; More than scorpions in bottles; and Creative ways to nuke things other than enemies.   Read more »
Posted on September 19, 2012