WMD Nonproliferation

WMD, Nonproliferation, and Security

WMD Nonproliferation

The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is one of the most serious threats of our time. Stimson’s WMD Nonproliferation program develops innovative, effective approaches with states, the United Nations and civil society to keep these weapons and dual-use materials from being used by illicit actors. This program is part of the Managing Across Boundaries initiative.


Research and Analysis

September 19, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon


September 12, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

In rapid succession, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee convened its 

August 29, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The skirmish between Senator Bob Corker and the Obama Administration over

August 23, 2016 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

Some 18 years ago, India and Pakistan conducted successive nuclear tests, joining China as Southern Asia’s three overt nuclear powers and transforming the region into a nuclear trilemma.

August 21, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Senator Bob Corker, the Republican Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, has taken issue with the Obama Administration’s decision to co-sponsor a UN Security Council Resolution and a companion P-5 statement reaffirming national moratoria against nuclear testing.

August 15, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The belief system in nuclear deterrence makes the most sense at the most elementary level: nuclear weapons deter use by an adversary for fear of retaliation in kind. Deterrence therefore requires survivable nuclear capabilities.

August 7, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Hiroshima gets all the attention, but Nagasaki teaches the more important lesson. The need to destroy Hiroshima will be forever debated, but the counterarguments were unpersuasive to President Harry Truman and Secretary of War Henry Stimson. A world war had taken the lives of tens of millions.

July 31, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The United States is not going to use nuclear weapons first in a conflict. Allies who believe otherwise are attached to a fiction and a psychological crutch. But these allies have been badly spooked, first by Vladimir Putin and now by Donald Trump.

July 21, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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July 19, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

During the 1950s, Senator Joe McCarthy convened hearings to discover Soviet moles in Hollywood, the State Department and the U.S. Army. The Army-McCarthy Hearings led to his downfall. Abusive practices by Committee and Subcommittee chairmen (no women) were reined in.

July 15, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Jeffrey Lewis hosted Stimson Co-Founder Michael Krepon on the Arms Control Wonk podcast to discuss 

July 11, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Kashmir is on the boil again. Unrest has been on the rise for months now. The involvement of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence can be safely assumed, but less than in previous flare-ups, if clashes along the Line of Control dividing Kashmir are used as an indicator.

July 5, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The Bill Clinton Administration made a questionable call to expand NATO after the Cold War ended. The George W.

June 28, 2016 | EXPERT: Cindy Vestergaard

Investigating the use of chemical weapons

June 26, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

India tried hard to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group with strong backing from the Obama Administration. It was a bridge too far. There was no consensus at the NSG meeting in Seoul to accept India’s candidacy, which was muddied by China’s advancement of Pakistan’s cause.
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