Publications

FILTER:
Articles & Op-Eds

Clear

1 2
Options for Synthetic DNA Order Screening, Revisited October 3, 2017 — DNA synthesis is a valuable research tool in the design of new biological products for medicine and manufacturing, and the ability to chemically synthesize long tracts of DNA has allowed for the development of influenza vaccines and diagnostic tests. MORE

The Department of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Program: An Enabler of the Third Offset Strategy April 14, 2017 — The US Department of Defense (DOD) established programs to defend against chemical and biological weapons 100 years ago because military leaders understood that the operational capability of the US military is diminished when service member health is compromised. These threats to operational readiness can be from an overt attack using chemical and MORE

March Issue, Arms Control Today: "Deter and Downsize: A Paradigm Shift for Nuclear Arms Control" March 20, 2017 — Nuclear arms control needs a new paradigm. The current approach, focused on deployed strategic nuclear “delivery vehicles”—long-range bombers, nuclear ballistic missile submarines, and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), together often referenced as the nuclear triad—was forged during a Cold War standoff between two heavily armed MORE

Why the U.S.-Israel Military Aid Package Matters September 25, 2016 — After months of tense and drawn-out negotiations, on September 14 the United States and Israel signed the largest U.S. military aid package given to any country, amounting to $3.8 billion annually. The new aid package reaffirms the United States’ unwavering commitment to the security of Israel. But the culmination of the aid deal, set to come into MORE

Law of War Considerations In Fielding Nuclear Forces September 1, 2016 — The status of nuclear weapons within international law was a subject of intense debate during last fall’s UN General Assembly First Committee session. State supporters of the humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons pressed for resolutions asserting the illegality of nuclear weapons and sought to build support for the near-term negotiation of a MORE

Limited and Lawful Hammers May 11, 2016 — The article by Gro Nystuen and Kjolv Egeland in Arms Control Today titled, “A ‘Legal Gap’? Nuclear Weapons Under International Law” begins by citing language from the “Conclusion” of the Final Document of the 2010 NPT RevCon, noting it “referred for the first time in [Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)] history to the ‘catastrophic humanitarian MORE

Applying Jus in Bello to the Nuclear Deterrent March 16, 2016 — On December 7, 2015, the UN General Assembly passed A/RES/70/50, titled “Ethical imperatives for a nuclear-weapon-free-world,” by a vote of 132-36. Co-sponsored by Austria and several other states central to the “Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons” movement, the resolution charges that any use of nuclear weapons would inherently violate the MORE

Putin's Russia and U.S. Defense Strategy August 20, 2015 — The workshop addressed two questions bearing on the development of U.S. and NATO strategy toward Russia. MORE

Iran Debates the IAEA Roadmap August 12, 2015 — The Rouhani administration is insisting on the confidentiality of its 'roadmap' with the IAEA in order to quell domestic criticism of the JCPOA and bolster the nuclear program's security. MORE

The History of Biological Weapons Use: What We Know and What We Don’t July 1, 2015 — This article critically reviews the literature on the history of biological warfare, bioterrorism, and biocrimes. The first serious effort to review this entire history, made in 1969, had numerous limitations. In recent decades, several authors have filled many of the gaps in our understanding of the past use of biological agents (including both MORE

1 2