Video Podcast: Crisis in Syria

Syria has one of the most sophisticated chemical weapons programs in the world, and is suspected to have an active biological weapons program. Additionally, there are reports that Syrian rebels have acquired MANPADS, which are surface-to-air missiles fired by an individual or a small team.

In a new video edition of the FAS series “A Conversation with an Expert,” Mr. Charles Blair, Senior Fellow on State and Non-State Threats, and Mr. Matt Schroeder, Director of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project, discuss the crisis in Syria and the implications of rebels acquiring and using chemical weapons and MANPADS.

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Video transcript is available here (PDF).


New FAS Podcast: Sanctions and Nonproliferation in Iran and North Korea

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This week, FAS released a new issue brief, “Sanctions and Nonproliferation in North Korea and Iran,” co-authored by Mr. Daniel Wertz, Program Officer at the National Committee on North Korea, and Dr. Ali Vaez, former Director of the Iran Project at FAS, which offers a comparative analysis of U.S. policy towards Iran and North Korea.

Sanctions have played a major role in U.S. efforts for the denuclearization in Iran and North Korea. U.S. policymakers have had to find a balance between concerns over proliferation and other undesirable policies; between taking coercive action and considering humanitarian needs; and between taking immediate unilateral measures and seeking to build coalitions for a multilateral approach.

In a new edition of the FAS podcast series, “A Conversation with an Expert,” co-author Daniel Wertz discusses the similarities and differences in sanctions against North Korea and Iran,  the relationship between U.S. and UN sanctions, and China’s role as a trading partner with both countries.

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The podcast transcript is available here (PDF).

FAS Podcast: 2012 Nuclear Security Summit


The 2012 Nuclear Security Summit is currently underway in Seoul, South Korea, where 53 heads of state and international organizations have come together to discuss international cooperative measures to protect nuclear materials and facilities from terrorist groups.

The Nuclear Security Summit comes at a critical juncture. Global terrorist attacks have prompted concerns about nuclear terrorism, and many states may continue to shop for nuclear reactors to meet their energy supply needs, despite the horrific incident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Against this backdrop, world leaders are charged with the difficult task of agreeing on measures that will secure vulnerable materials around the world.

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New FAS Podcast: One Year Later: Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Power

March 11th marks the one year anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast coast of Japan. These natural disasters resulted in the crisis at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. One year later, there are massive amounts of nuclear waste and high levels of radiation, and those citizens who live near the plant have not been able to return to their homes.

As a result of this crisis, many questions still remain. What is the future of nuclear power usage not only for Japan, but other countries such as the United States, South Korea, Germany and China? How should Japan properly dispose of the radioactive waste as a result of this accident? Finally, what should Japan’s new energy policy look like post-Fukushima?

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New FAS Podcast “A Conversation with an Expert” Featuring Hans Kristensen

Listen above to the new edition of the FAS Podcast series “A Conversation With An Expert” featuring Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project. Topic discussed include: the  attitude of the United States toward Chinese nuclear arsenals, the recent report regarding China’s increasing nuclear forces in The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and opinions regarding the recent study conducted by Georgetown University students on China’s nuclear forces.

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New FAS Podcast: “A Nuclear-Free Mirage? Obstacles to President Obama’s Goal of a Nuclear Weapons Free World”


Listen above to a special edition of FAS Podcast “A Conversation with an Expert,” featuring Dr. Robert Standish Norris, Senior Fellow for Nuclear Policy at FAS (interviewed by Charles Blair, Director of FAS’ Terrorism Analysis Project). In the second installment of this series, Dr. Norris discusses obstacles to the implementation of the Obama Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). After twenty years since the end of the Cold War, how far down the path are we toward a nuclear weapons free world? Despite President Obama’s goal of eventual nuclear disarmament, Dr. Norris explains why the latest effort to alter the role of nuclear weapons—a necessity if we seek to eliminate them—is likely to falter.

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“A Conversation With An Expert”- Learning Technologies in Education

Listen above to a new edition of the FAS Podcast: “A Conversation With An Expert,” featuring Director of Learning Technologies Program at FAS, Dr. Melanie Stegman. Topics discussed include: history of the Learning Technologies Program at FAS, the benefits of using technology such as video games in education, and suggestions for tools teachers can use to enhance comprehension of STEM topics in curriculum.

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For more information on topics discussed in the podcast, please visit:

Immune Attack Website

Digital Promise

NISE Network