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February 17, 2009

2009 Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference

  • The Problem with Nuclear Mind Reading
  • French and British Submarines Collide
    The New York Times
  • U.S. Ahead of Moscow Treaty Schedule in Reducing Its Nuclear Arsenal
    The Washington Post
  • A Recipe for Survival
    International Herald Tribune
  • Israel Launches Covert War against Iran
  • Living with a Nuclear North Korea
    The Washington Post
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The Problem with Nuclear Mind Reading

James Acton, Survival
Nuclear Mind ReadingThe basic technologies that underlie nuclear power were first developed during the Second World War by the United States for purely military purposes. Since then, extensive civilian research and the use of nuclear technologies for peaceful ends has not erased this military heritage. Almost all nuclear technology in use around the world today is 'dual use', able to contribute to the production of fuel for nuclear reactors or the explosive components of nuclear weapons. For this reason, there is serious concern that supposedly peaceful nuclear programmes are being used for, or could become, cover for the development of nuclear weapons.

French and British Submarines Collide

John F. Burns, The New York Times
In a freak accident, two submarines carrying nuclear missiles, one French and the other British, collided while submerged on operational patrols in the Atlantic early this month, the British and French defense ministries said Monday.

U.S. Ahead of Moscow Treaty Schedule in Reducing Its Nuclear Arsenal

Walter Pincus, The Washington Post
The United States is more than two years ahead of the schedule set under the Moscow Treaty in reducing the number of its nuclear warheads operationally deployed on strategic missiles and bombers, according to congressional and administration sources.

A Recipe for Survival

Mohamed ElBaradei, International Herald Tribune
After two mostly wasted decades since the end of the Cold War, nuclear disarmament is again high on the international agenda.

Israel Launches Covert War against Iran

Philip Sherwell, Telegraph
It is using hitmen, sabotage, front companies and double agents to disrupt the regime's illicit weapons project, the experts say.

Living with a Nuclear North Korea

Selig S. Harrison, The Washington Post
Will North Korea ever give up its nuclear weapons?


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