FAS Roundup – March 4, 2019

Report Managing a Nuclear-Armed North Korea

The FAS International Study Group on North Korea Policy – 14 experts from 5 countries – released their report providing recommendations to the United States and allies on managing a nuclear-armed North Korea. 

After Hanoi, North Korea experts propose new strategy: Contain threat, encourage change 

The Study Group and report were profiled in The Post: “The paper is the product of a year of debate and analysis by 14 experts on North Korea from around the world.” 

Event Public Release of the Study Group’s Report

Thursday, March 21 from 9:30-11 a.m. (EDT)
Study Group co-director Adam Mount and members Jieun Baek and Tom Plant will discuss the report at USIP. Moderated by NPR’s Elise Hu. RSVP 

FAS Nuclear Notebook: Russian Nuclear Forces

In the latest FAS Nuclear Notebook, FAS’ Hans Kristensen and Matt Korda provide detailed estimates and analysis of Russia’s nuclear forces — which include 4,490 non-retired warheads — and modernization programs. 

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Column HASC Members Show Alarmingly Poor Knowledge On Nuclear Weapons

In his new Forbes column, Hans Kristensen analyzes the recent House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. nuclear policy and posture. 

 

Evidence Inquiry into Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Nuclear Disarmament

Matt Korda contributed evidence to the UK House of Lords’ inquiry into the NPT and nuclear disarmament, titled “Engaging Russia on Missile Defense.” 

The Hanoi Summit Was Doomed From the Start

FAS’ Ankit Panda and MIT’s Vipin Narang wrote in Foreign Affairs: “If there is one lesson from Hanoi, it is to take North Korea’s words seriously. Kim had long signaled that he expected sanctions relief up front before taking any further steps toward denuclearization.” 

Tracking “Unobligated” Military Construction Funds

A new congressional tally of military construction projects that have unobligated fund balances turned up hundreds of current projects fitting that description. See “FY2017-2019 Military Construction Projects/Programs with Unobligated Balances.” 

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

Biological and chemical weapons: the other threats from DPRK

FAS’ Jenifer Mackby told Military Times that there is a lack of public knowledge on biological weapons and how they might be used. 

Open Position Research Assistant/Associate for the Defense Posture Project

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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 International Study Group on North Korea Policy will discuss their latest report on North Korea strategy. Tickets 

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