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INF TREATY EXPIRES IN 13 DAYS
Without the INF Treaty, Senior Policy Alexandra Bell explained to BBC World News, there will now be only one remaining constraint on the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals, the New START treaty, which is also endangered. The New START treaty expires in February 2021, but can — and should be — extended another five years. (Of note, Bell’s segment starts around the 18-minute mark.)
WHAT’S THE LATEST ON IRAN?
Center Research Analyst Erin Connolly explained to CTV (Canada) all the steps Iran has taken, how it got to this point, and how the other parties to the agreement are still trying to salvage the deal. Inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities still continue. Connolly said these actions represent Iran showing its frustration and urging the other parties to the agreement to take action because Iran does not want to continue abiding by an agreement that yields them no benefits.
NORTH KOREA’S GROWING FRUSTRATION
As Program Coordinator Abigail Stowe-Thurston told Sinclair and The Wall Street Journal, denuclearization remains a worthy goal, but smaller steps and a sustained negotiating process must come first. In an op-ed that published just before Trump and Kim met for the third time, Bell writes that the first step toward progress requires Trump to separate his personal feelings for Kim from the very complex and historically fraught efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
HUGE WINS ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT
Op-ed: Congress is not asking the right questions about missile defense: Policy Intern Deverrick Holmes writes that Congressional questioning of missile defense programs often ignores the real issue: that missile defense creates an unstable environment counterproductive to U.S. interests.
Space Wars: Do we really need to be militarizing space? Policy Intern Bryce Farabaugh weighs in on Defense Secretary nominee Mark Esper saying in his confirmation hearing July 16 that he believes the United States must develop space as a “warfighting domain.”
The Day That Changed the World Forever: Program Assistant Abby Pokraka writes about July 16, 1945, the day of the first atomic test. “That mushroom cloud became etched onto our collective consciousness—a symbol of both our capacity for scientific achievement and our capacity for destruction.”
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