Nuclear Weapons

Public Interest Report: October 2015

10.14.15 | 2 min read | Text by FAS

Creating a Community for Global Security

by Charles D. Ferguson

The Iran Deal: A Pathway for North Korea?

by Manit Shah and Jose Trevino

The majority of all nuclear experts and diplomats, as well as aspiring nuclear and policy students, must have their eyes set on North Korea’s slowly but steadily expanding nuclear weapons program, as well as the recent updates on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran.

A Social Science Perspective on International Science Engagement

by Nasser Bin Nasser

Social and behavioral sciences play an increasingly critical part in issues as far ranging as arms control negotiations, inspection and verification missions, and cooperative security projects.

Review of Benjamin E. Schwartz’s Right of Boom: The Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism (Overlook Press, 2015)

by Edward A. Friedman

While capturing the mystery of the weapon’s origin, the title does little to convey the enormity or complexity of the issue being addressed.

Marshall and the Atomic Bomb

by Frank Settle

Marshall is best known today as the architect of the plan for Europe’s recovery in the aftermath of World War II—the Marshall Plan. He also earned acclaim as the master strategist of the Allied victory in World War II. Last but not least of his responsibilities was the production of the atomic bomb.

Rob Goldston: A Scientist on the Cutting Edge of Fusion and Arms Control Research

by Allison Feldman

An interview with a leading researcher in plasma physics and fusion energy and former director of the DOE Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), 1997 – 2009.

Not Much Below the Surface? North Korea’s Nuclear Program and the New SLBM

by Robert Schmucker, Markus Schiller and J. James Kim

In May 2015, only a month after key figures in the U.S. military publicly acknowledged the possibility that North Korea has perfected the miniaturization of a nuclear warhead for long-range delivery, the secretive country seems to have confirmed these claims with a series of announcements, including a “successful” submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test at sea.

Nuclear War, Nuclear Winter, and Human Extinction

by Steven Starr

While it is impossible to precisely predict all the human impacts that would result from a nuclear winter, it is relatively simple to predict those which would be most profound. That is, a nuclear winter would cause most humans and large animals to die from nuclear famine in a mass extinction event similar to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.