WMD, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control
Latest from USIP on WMD, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control
- April 3, 2013 | Publication
North Korea’s almost daily delivery of threats against South Korea, Japan and the United States in the past week has eyes turning toward neighboring China for influence to defuse the tensions. Two USIP experts who are former U.S. arms control officials say statements and actions by the U.S. and its allies South Korea and Japan send signals to China just as much as to North Korea.
- February 12, 2013 | Publication
USIP’s Mike Lekson and Bruce MacDonald, both former U.S. arms control officials give their take on the significance of North Korea’s latest move.
- February 12, 2013 | Publication
North Korea on February 12 conducted a third nuclear test blast, drawing immediate global condemnation. USIP has several recent resources discussing the North's proliferation activities.
- January 25, 2013 | News Releases
The United States Institute of Peace releases Detect, Dismantle, and Disarm: IAEA Verification, 1992-2005, by Christine Wing and Fiona Simpson. This book chronicles the IAEA’s experience when faced with revelations of a state’s hidden nuclear program. Analysis of four cases—Iraq, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, South Africa, and Libya—reveals how verification has worked in practice and captures lessons useful for future missions.
- December 12, 2012 | Publication
North Korea, in defiance of international calls, launched a two-stage ballistic rocket on December 11, reportedly putting into orbit a satellite. Michael Lekson, an arms control expert, examines what this development means.
- November 19, 2012 | Publication
USIP last month held a course for congressional staff entitled, “China, Pakistan and Nuclear Weapons: the Security Challenges for the United States.” The course was intended to provide context and background on both technical and policy issues related to nuclear nonproliferation.
- November 8, 2012 | Publication
USIP hosted 67 senior military officers from 27 countries on November 6, 2012, as part of a visit to Washington by the NATO Defense College (NDC) Senior Course. Based on the value of the NDC visit to the Institute in May 2012, the course elected to return to USIP as part of their Transatlantic Field Study program.
- May 8, 2012 | Course
The Strategic Economic Needs and Security Exercise (SENSE), originally developed by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), is a computer-facilitated simulation that focuses on negotiations and decision-making in a post-conflict environment.
- May 7, 2012 | PublicationUSIP Hosts NATO Defense College with Senior State Department Official to Discuss Europe, Nuclear Issues
On May 2, USIP hosted NATO Defense College (NDC) Senior Course 120, which consisted of 74 senior military officers from 31 countries worldwide, as part of the group's Transatlantic Field Study trip to Washington, DC. NDC Dean Dr. Richard Hooker and Brigadier General Patrick Desjardins of France, dean of Academic Operations, led the delegation; Daria Daniels Skodnik coordinated the trip for NDC.
- April 12, 2012 | Publication
John Park, a senior program officer who directs USIP's Korea Working Group, examines what North Korea's planned long-range missile test reveals about the hermit nation and what the after effects will be for the key parties.
- April 11, 2012 | Publication
Talks between Iran and a group known as the P5 plus 1 (the five United Nations Security Council permanent members plus Germany) on Iran’s nuclear programs are expected to begin on April 14 in Istanbul, Turkey. The resumption of negotiations might represent an important juncture in the long saga of international efforts to restrain and verify the nature of Iran’s nuclear efforts, which Tehran contends is intended to develop energy sources and conduct research but which the United States and other key international players suspect is a bid to develop the capability to produce nuclear weapons.
- April 3, 2012 | Publication
April 4, 2012 is the International Day for Landmine Awareness. The day is sponsored by the United Nations and has been observed every year since 2006. USIP's Global Peacebuilding Center is marking Landmine Awareness Day by highlighting resources and activities.
- March 26, 2012 | Publication
John Park, a senior program officer who directs USIP’s Korea Working Group, examines North Korea’s preparations for a “satellite launch,” which has cast a long shadow over the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit
- March 20, 2012 | Course
Understand the roles of arms control and nonproliferation regimes, as well as the U.S. strategic posture, in confronting the challenges of nuclear weapons, with a special focus on the growing role of China as a regional and world power, and the dangers of North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability at a time of regime transition.
- March 8, 2012 | Publication
As tensions between Iran and Israel heat up, and with the announcement that world powers will resume nuclear talks with Iran, USIP’s Dan Brumberg assesses the latest state of play, and whether the use of force is inevitable.