Unblocking the Road to Zero

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Unblocking the Road to Zero

The Stimson Center's Unblocking the Road to Zero project examines the perspectives of nuclear-armed and threshold countries. Unblocking the Road to Zero aims to persuade their governments that negotiated nuclear disarmament is a viable and practical policy option.

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Research and Analysis

June 9, 2014 | EXPERT: Cheryl L. Ramp

Before the ink was even dry on the incorporation papers of the brand-new Henry L. Stimson Center, the Carnegie Corporation of New York made its first investment in our work. Indeed, without that first grant, titled "Avoiding Nuclear War", this "new kind of think tank" would not have been possible.

May 19, 2014 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay

Twenty-five years ago, the shape of modern international relations was fundamentally transformed with a wave of revolutions that swept across the Eastern bloc. Beginning in Poland that summer, and culminating with the opening of the Berlin Wall by November, and the collapse of the Soviet Union a month later, Western policymakers struggled to keep pace with a rapidly evolving security environment.

May 5, 2014 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

Activities to reduce the dangers of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction have been prominent elements in Stimson’s agenda throughout its 25 year history.

May 5, 2014 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

There have been only two Democratic presidents since Franklin Delano Roosevelt who have been elected to serve two full terms.

October 21, 2013 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

When I worked with a group of high-ranking former military and civilian national security officials last year to develop a new U.S. defense strategy called “Strategic Agility,” we assumed our elected policymakers would not be so stupid as to allow the mindless across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration to happen. We were wrong.

May 15, 2013 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman , EXTERNAL: Dr. Leo Mackay

Arms control, the theory and practice guiding the decades-long effort by the United States and other nations to limit the dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD), no longer works.

March 7, 2013 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

In April 2010, the Obama Administration completed an inter-agency study of the nation's policies governing nuclear weapons.

November 15, 2012 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman , EXPERT: Russell Rumbaugh

The changing global security landscape and worsening fiscal outlook demand significant adjustments to national security strategy and budgeting, according to an extensive, year-long study released today by Stimson: A New US Defense Strategy for a New Era.

November 15, 2012 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman , EXPERT: Russell Rumbaugh

The changing global security landscape and worsening fiscal outlook demand significant adjustments to national security strategy and budgeting, according to an extensive, year-long study released today by Stimson: A New US Defense Strategy for a New Era.

May 21, 2012

By Barry Blechman - The relative success of the first round of talks on Iran's nuclear activities in Istanbul last month and the apparent progress being made in Vienna on establishing a procedure to clarify the IAEA's questions about Iran's

May 9, 2012

Managing Across Boundaries Director Brian Finlay and Stimson co-founder Barry Blechman co-authored a re

April 12, 2012

By Thad Bowman - After weeks of diplomatic sparring, a venue has finally been set for the upcoming nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, UK, and the US).  Tehran has agreed to attend the talks in Istanbul a location it deemed "compromised"

March 22, 2012 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman , EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

The drumbeat for war over Iran's nuclear activities has grown fainter in recent weeks.

March 16, 2012

Stimson co-founder and distinguished fellow Barry Blechman, Scoville fellow R. Taj Moore, and Stimson president and CEO Ellen Laipson completed new studies that consider how to engage Iran in constructive negotiations.  At the

March 15, 2012 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman ,

The United States and Iran have been at loggerheads since the birth of the Islamic Republic, 33 years ago, but the two nations have never seemed as close to a major military conflict as they have since the beginning of 2012.
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