FAS Roundup – February 4, 2019

FAS President: Scientists Should Educate, Engage Their Lawmakers on Critical Science Issues

FAS President Ali Nouri wrote in Nature: Scientists should engage and educate their lawmakers on critical science and technology issues, base public policies on evidence-based research, and hold the Executive Branch accountable when science is dismissed. 

The Facts Behind President Trump’s Biggest State of the Union Claims

Chris Bidwell told TIME: Despite Iran taking “significant steps” to limit its nuclear activities, “proving a negative” is an “impossible task.” 

(WATCH) FAS Expert Talks History and Current Status of Nuclear Weapons on Franco-German TV

Hans Kristensen appeared on ARTE’s new German-language television program — The New Cold War: More Nuclear Weapons in Europe? — to discuss Europe’s nuclear arsenals and visit former and current weapons sites in both France and Germany. 

Putin Warns That Russia Is Developing ‘Invincible’ Hypersonic Missiles

Hans Kristensen told NYT: Russia’s claim after U.S. INF withdrawal is “old wine in new bottles.” 

Demise of Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty undermines global security

Abigail Stowe-Thurston and Matt Kordadiscussed the implications of Trump’s INF Treaty withdrawal with Canadian Broadcasting Corp. 

IG Reports on Wars Abroad Unaffected by Trump Rebuke

In apparent disregard of criticism from President Trump, two new Inspector General reports on aspects of the wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq were openly published this week. 

National Emergencies, and More from CRS

There were no less than 30 “national emergencies” in effect as of February 1, according to a tabulation prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), and more reports new and updated. 

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

FAS Senior Fellow Jenifer Mackby spoke at a meeting of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Nuclear Disarmament Verification to address the challenges of verification and monitoring in disarmament. 

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. Tickets 

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