As a major nuclear weapons state, China plays a key role in both Russian and North Korean (DPRK) nuclear policy. Following is analysis and opinion from Ploughshares Fund staff, grantees and guests on the ongoing struggle to deal with nuclear weapons in China.
On the radar: Previewing the opposition; NGOs support diplomacy; Extension murmurs; Uncertainty over sanctions; BUFF upgrades; Pyongyang delivery vehicle rumors; Goodbye Yoda; and China’s boomers. Read more »
Posted on October 27, 2014
  On the radar: Triad overhaul imperils other priorities; $10-$20 billion for ALCM warhead; Not time to meddle with New START; Russia can’t afford its military plans either; Rouhani confident on deal, Zarif optimistic; Public opinion in Iran and Israel; Including China in arms control talks; and Kim limps into view.   Read more »
Posted on October 14, 2014
  On the radar: Strategy and optics; Expensive risks; Who might they deter; IAEA and Iran making progress; Iran and oil companies consider a deal; Questioning the need for new plutonium pits; Shaking up the nuclear field; Radiation hunters; and the Need for nuclear restraint in Asia.   Read more »
Posted on August 26, 2014
  On the radar: Steady progress made on Iran negotiations; Iranian FM optimistic about deal at home; U.S. continues to press for peace with Iran, but also shows resolve with Gulf States; Nuclear lawsuit; India successfully test ballistic missile interceptor; and Tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula.   Read more »
Posted on April 28, 2014
  On the radar: The Pentagon gets ahead of itself on missile defense; Calculating the risk of sanctioning Russia; Ukraine’s impact on Iran talks; MOX plant shelved due to rising cost; Preventing nuclear terrorism; and Was it a missile or ASAT test.   Read more »
Posted on March 18, 2014
  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
Eisenhower wanted it; Kennedy almost got it; Clinton negotiated it; and now Obama can deliver it.  It is the longest-sought, hardest-fought for goal in the history of nuclear arms control: a global ban on nuclear weapons tests. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on August 20, 2013
  On the radar: Carolina pork holder; Gen. Kehler on Minot; Perspective on no first use; Nominations; New START by 2017; B-61 undermining/underpinning triad; and North Korean traffic cop gets state’s highest award.   Read more »
Posted on May 10, 2013
Since its most recent nuclear test on February 12, 2013, there has been a lot of attention to and activity around North Korea. The test – it’s third and most “successful” to date – elicited a predictable response in the passage of additional U.N. Security Council sanctions the. But the fact that the sanctions passed unanimously – with China’s consent – is significant, although it is still unclear if this marks a shift in Chinese policy toward North Korea. In short, the North’s latest behavior seems to have raised the game with respect to the stability and security in Northeast Asia. Read more »
Posted by admin on April 2, 2013
It will be days or weeks before the world knows much about the nuclear test conducted by North Korea mid-day Tuesday local time in Pyongyang. What was its actual yield? What did it use – plutonium or highly enriched uranium, or some combination? Did it perform as expected? What will the international response be? Is this a game changer? Read more »
Posted by Paul Carroll on February 12, 2013