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The Russian program to develop a hypersonic space vehicle.┬áThe graphic is an artist’s conception of the US hypersonic glider, and the article it is from describes some of the difficulties in developing them.

Russia and the United States need to develop some rules of the road.

The complaints here amount to “the glass is half empty.” Nuclear terrorism is badly overhyped, and great progress has been made in securing nuclear materials while efforts continue. This kind of negativism hurts the nonproliferation cause.

A list of claims by U.S. government officials about the effectiveness of the U.S. Ground-Based Midcourse (GMD) national missile defense system.

Inspecting Iran anywhere, but not any time. The demand for anywhere, any time inspections is part of the absolutist demands being lobbed against a potential agreement with Iran. Iraq is not a model in this case, because it was defeated in war. Mark Fitzpatrick shows that access where needed, when needed is the answer.

Thought experiment: Israel gives up its nuclear program.

Alexei Arbatov usually has helpful and insightful analysis. This piece is mostly good, but “But the escalation of nuclear rhetoric, now on both sides, could lead to unintended consequences”? Can anyone point me to an example of NATO or the US using “nuclear rhetoric” in the same way Russia does? I can’t think of one.

The uses of history: All nations like their origin myths, empires and authoritarian states perhaps more than others. Vladimir Putin’s involves a large statue.

Kevin Rudd on dealing with a rising China.

 

 

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