Council Front and Center: May 12, 2018

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is the Council’s affiliated 501(C)(3) research organization.

 

Our Action

The Council was one of more than 20 groups to send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking him to reject a proposed new “low-yield” warhead. Read more

 

New Nukes of Hazard Podcast

The Art of Violating the Deal: President Trump announced he would withdraw from and openly violate U.S. commitments under the Iran Deal. We speak with nuclear expert Joe Cirincione and Iran expert Barbara Slavin about the impacts of this catastrophic decision. Listen or download now

 

Our Take

Don’t let Netanyahu talk America into yet another Middle East war: Ahead of President Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal, Executive Director John Tierney recalled the first time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked his Congressional colleagues into war. Read more

Nuclear Experts on a Mission to Educate Young People: Center Program Assistant Erin Connolly was featured in a story in the Spokane Spokesman-Review about her efforts to educate high school and college students on nuclear policy. Read more

Behold, the marticle (a primer on how to avoid only quoting men as sources): Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell co-wrote a piece explaining the dangers of journalists quoting only men as sources in national security articles and offered advice on how to fix the problem. Read more

Mushroom Clouds Beneath the Surface: The Dangers of a Return to Nuclear Testing: Center Senior Science Fellow Philip Coyle and Policy Analyst James McKeon write that many signs point toward the Trump administration’s interest in resuming nuclear tests. Read more

 

Center in the Press

North Korea

Trump’s reality-show handling of prisoner release belies hard diplomacy ahead with North Korea: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the diplomatic best practices President Trump will need to follow in North Korea. Read more

Hostages no longer, meet the three Americans freed from North Korea: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke to OZY about the strong diplomatic message behind freeing the prisoners. Read more

Freeing US prisoners from North Korea should remind Trump that diplomacy can work on Kim Jong Un: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke to Business Insider about the power of diplomacy, as shown in freeing the prisoners. Read more

The Demilitarized Zone, where Kim Jong Un and Trump might meet: a brief guide: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke to Vox about her concerns about the DMZ as a potential meeting place between the two world leaders. Read more

In less than a year, threat of nuclear war has turned into a promise of peace between Koreas: Executive Director John Tierney spoke to BBC about the relatively quick changes North and South Korea have experienced in the past few months. Read more (link is in Portuguese but can be translated)

Iran

Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran Deal echoes the lead-up to the Iraq War: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell told Mic that pulling out of the Iran deal is irresponsible and reckless. Read more

Remember when Jim Mattis was supposed to rein in Donald Trump?: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell told Vox that reason and facts don’t seem to change President Trump’s mind about things like the Iran deal. Read more

Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran Deal echoes the lead-up to the Iraq War: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell told RTE Radio One (Ireland) that the European parties to the Iran deal will struggle to keep the deal in place. Listen to the show

Trump pulls US out of Iran nuclear deal: The agreement was “defective at its core”: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell shared with Mic her concerns that pulling out of the Iran deal gives North Korea more license to not negotiate with the United States. Read more

Trump’s claim that Iran could build nuclear weapons in seven years: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell explained to the Washington Post that President Trump’s claims about the Iran deal’s sunset clauses demonstrate confusion or ignorance about the deal. Read more

Iran nuclear deal: What happens if Donald Trump pulls the US out of the accord?: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke with the UK Independent about the potential consequences of the United States pulling out of the mulitlateral deal. Read more

United States pulls out of Iran deal: Executive Director John Tierney spoke to BBC World News about the global ramifications of pulling out of the deal, and whether President Trump has a Plan B. Watch the segment

BREAKING: Trump violates Iran nuclear deal: Center Policy Analyst James McKeon spoke to ThinkProgress about the lack of logic in the decision to pull out of the Iran deal. Read more

It is likely that Trump will not exempt Iran from nuclear sanctions: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke to W Radio about the potential ramifications of pulling out of the Iran deal. Listen to the segment (program is in Spanish)

Netanyahu’s theatrics help push Trump towards Iran deal withdrawal: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke to The Guardian about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s outdated, misleading presentation about Iran’s nuclear program. Read more

Netanyahu says Iran ‘lied’ about nukes: Will new intel convince Trump to kill Iran deal?: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell explained to Circa that without the Iran deal, the world will find the Middle East in the same dangerous place it was in before the deal. Read more

 

Council-Endorsed Candidates

 

Senate

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Senator Angus King (I-ME)

Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)

Representative Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

Senator Tina Smith (D-MN)

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

House 

Lauren Baer (D-FL-18)

Randy Bryce (D-WI-01)

Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24)

Angie Craig (D-MN-02)

Jason Crow (D-CO-06)

Gretchen Driskell (D-MI-07)

Josh Harder (D-CA-10)

Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06)

Andy Kim (D-NJ-03)

Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-02)

Dan Kohl (D-WI-06)

Annie Kuster (D-NH-02)

Joe Neguse (D-CO-02)

Nancy Soderberg (D-FL-06)

Greg Stanton (D-AZ-09)