New START Delay: Gambling With National and International Security

A few Senators are preventing US inspectors from verifying the status of Russian nuclear weapons.

By Hans M. Kristensen

The ability of a few Senators to delay ratification of the New START treaty is gambling with national and international security.

At home the delay is depriving the U.S. intelligence community important information about the status and operations of Russian strategic nuclear forces. And abroad the delay is creating doubts about the U.S. resolve to reduce the number and role of nuclear weapons, doubts that could undermine efforts to limit proliferation.

New START may not be the most groundbreaking treaty ever, but it is a vital first step in moving U.S.-Russian relations forward and paving the way for additional nuclear reductions and nonproliferation efforts. Essentially all current and former officials and experts recommend verification of New START, and after more than 20 hearings and nearly 1,000 detailed questions answered it is time for the Senate to ratify the treaty. Continue reading

FAS Podcast: Debunking Common Misconceptions About Iran

Listen to a new edition of the FAS Podcast: “A Conversation With An Expert,” featuring Ms. Ivanka Barzashka and Dr. Ivan Oelrich, FAS experts on Iran. Topics discussed include an overview of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West over the last year, the differences between FAS analysis and the points of view put forward by others in the NGO community and mainstream media, the biggest common misconception about the fuel deal, and much more!

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FAS Conference Call: A Conversation With An Expert

Listen to an FAS Conference Call: “A Conversation With An Expert”, that I recently had with FAS members. The conference call took place on November 4, 2010. The discussion centered around my recent article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, titled “Next customer, please: The risk in conventional arms sales along with nuclear energy deals.” You can look for this article in the November/December BAS edition. FAS members and I discuss certain nuclear energy deals that could result in changing security perceptions and alliances.

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FAS Podcast: Charles Ferguson, A Nuclear Energy Conference Call

Listen to an FAS Conference Call: “A Conversation With An Expert”, featuring FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson. The conference call took place on November 4, 2010 with FAS members. The discussion centered around his recent article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, titled “Next customer, please: The risk in conventional arms sales along with nuclear energy deals.” You can look for this article in the November/December BAS edition. Dr. Ferguson and FAS members discuss certain nuclear energy deals that could result in changing security perceptions and alliances.

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