Today is the 24th anniversary of the attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev. A group of military men who felt Gorbachev was destroying the Soviet Union tried to take charge while he was vacationing. They failed, but Gorbachev’s trajectory after this was all downhill until December 1991, when he declared the Soviet Union dissolved. Photo of Gorbachev returning to Moscow from house arrest in Crimea from here, where you can find more of the history. Continue readingby
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails bring up questions about classification and overclassification. I’m not going to opine on her use of a non-government server or security precautions, just on classification issues in the age of the internet.
Certain types of information must be protected: how to make nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; diplomacy in progress; troop movements in time of war; identities of spies; operating parameters of spy satellites; and so on. For some of these things, the need to classify is limited in time – photos from obsolete spy satellites are released for research in oceanography and climate, for example. Continue readingby
Recent satellite imagery suggests increased uranium production in North Korea. This article is getting some notice by other news services. This is the source. The two locations in question are on shown on this map. Continue readingby
The technical aspects of the Iran Deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA) are solid and more restrictive than any previous arms control deal. The broader aspects of the deal are important, too, and potentially very positive. So it should be no surprise to anyone who’s been reading Nuclear Diner that I support the Iran Deal. Continue readingby
Long reads for your weekend:
Mark Galeotti weighs leaks and actions in the killing of Boris Nemtsov and the rivalry between the Russian security services and Ramzan Kadyrov. Michael Krepon on the politics of the Iran deal. The comments from Tom are helpful, too.
Mikhail Gorbachev on denuclearization. Worth reading this for a Russian viewpoint.
Mark Galeotti weighs leaks and actions in the killing of Boris Nemtsov and the rivalry between the Russian security services and Ramzan Kadyrov.
Update: And this is cool – Why did the United States abandon a lead in reactor design? By me.by