FAS Roundup – January 28, 2019

By January 28, 2019

The Rise of NGOs: What Cheap and Available Imagery Means for Monitoring and Advocacy

FAS’ Pia Ulrich and Christopher Bidwell, along with John Lauder, Harvey Rishikof, and Valerie Lincy, write in USGIF’s Trajectory MagazineBy using commercial and open-source satellite imagery, NGOs are ending the government monopoly on monitoring international nonproliferation agreements. 

Trump falls on sword for Putin’s treaty violation

As President Trump withdraws the U.S. from the INF Treaty with Russia, revisit Hans Kristensen and Matt Korda‘s October piece in The Bulletin“Trump’s willingness to scrap mutually beneficial agreements in order to appear tough and to pander to his domestic base does not bode well for the international order.” 


The U.S. And Russia Are Stocking Up On Missiles And Nukes For A Different Kind Of War

Hans Kristensen discusses the dangers of new low-yield nuclear weapon variant: W76-2. 

Intelligence Transparency — But For What?

Steven Aftergood writes on Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats’ National Intelligence Strategy released last week affirming transparency as a “value” and “strategic priority,” asking: Has such transparency actually led to increased public trust in intelligence? 

Combating Fraud Through Law, & More from CRS

Noteworthy new publications from the Congressional Research Service include Bribery, Kickbacks, and Self-Dealing: An Overiew of Honest Services Fraud and Issues for CongressChina’s Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Agricultural Products, and more. 

Steven Aftergood directs the FAS Project on Government Secrecy. To stay up-to-date with his analysis and release of Congressional Research Service reports, subscribe to Secrecy News

New Symposium Panel: Banning Nuclear Weapons?

February 25, 2019 from 9:15–10:40 a.m.
FAS’ Adam Mount will speak at the 2019 JNSLP Symposium at Georgetown Univ. to discuss the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and more. RSVP 


FAS International Study Group on North Korea Policy Briefing

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6 p.m.
FAS’ Adam Mount and Mira Rapp-Hooper of the FAS International Study Group on North Korea Policy will discuss their latest report on North Korea strategy.


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