Weapons of Mass Destruction

Global Governance & International Regimes

The proliferation of nuclear, radiological, biological, and chemical weapons pose a threat to global peace and security. Stimson experts develop strategies to reduce the proliferation of these weapons of mass destruction.

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Current Research

October 9, 2018 | EXPERT: Jayita Sarkar

American nuclear nonproliferation policy is a combination of economic and security imperatives. READ MORE

April 24, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “Americans, being a moral people, want their foreign policy to reflect the values we espouse as a nation. But Americans, being a practical people, also want their foreign policy to be effective.” ― George P. Shultz READ MORE

April 19, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Steve Coll’s new book picks up where he left off in Ghost Wars, published in 2004. Together, the two volumes are more than a 1,500-page thick opus on futility, confusion, misplaced hopes and serious errors. READ MORE

April 18, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quotes of the week: “You show me a Secretary of Defense who’s planning not to prevail [in a nuclear war] and I’ll show you a Secretary of Defense who ought to be impeached.” — Caspar Weinberger, New York Times, August 24, 1982 READ MORE

March 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman

By Barry M. Blechman READ MORE

March 29, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Optimistic and pessimistic arguments about nuclear proliferation were conceptualized decades ago. The best place to find them is in Scott Sagan and Kenneth Waltz’s The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate. READ MORE

March 23, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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March 12, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quotes of the week: “The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain.” — Peggy Noonan READ MORE

March 8, 2018 | EXPERT: Cindy Vestergaard

Are Chemical Assassinations in Vogue? READ MORE

March 7, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “There is not much solace in raising the enemy’s requirements if he is still able to meet them.” — Bernard Brodie, Strategy in the Missile Age READ MORE

February 28, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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February 21, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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February 7, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The Trump administration’s nuclear posture statement comes at a particularly rough time, reminiscent of the transition from President Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan. Back then, an outgoing president had watched his ambitious arms control agenda fall to tatters. READ MORE

January 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “Clearly, five major crises within a twenty-year period indicate a fundamental structural problem… This region has not been stable and peaceful despite the common cultural and geopolitical heritage of its two dominant states.” READ MORE

January 23, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The arms-control diplomacy passages of the draft Nuclear Posture Review have drawn little attention, likely because little change was expected in this aspect of policy. READ MORE

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