experts, including a few in the US military, are becoming more
concerned about the potential use of invasive species as bioweapons; US
demand for unusual pets has already demonstrated that those fears are
statesman Henry L. Stimson’s motto was “pragmatic steps toward ideal
objectives.” Eliminating nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula is
the ideal objective so, keeping Stimson’s motto in mind, the author
believes that the US and South Korea would do well to at least discuss
demands from the DPRK. Read this opening entry in the final round of our debate over North Korean nuclear weapons.
author argues that export controls originally devised to stop the
spread of WMD-capable missiles are now being misused to hinder trade in
drones that are themselves unsuitable for the delivery of WMD. This
misuse undermines missile-related export controls, and that’s bad news
for missile nonproliferation efforts. Is it too late for missile nonproliferation? The debate continues.
could soon face a future where AI is integrated into all areas of the
economy. Putting aside the social and human consequences, this
democratization of technology could also speed the military aspects of
AI, for both state and non-state actors.
most powerful figure, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, played a
vital role in making sure his country’s diplomatic efforts to reach an
agreement on its nuclear program were successful. But more than a year
after the deal was signed in Vienna, Khamenei is increasingly distancing
himself from it, this week issuing his harshest criticism yet.
What We’re Reading blog features short posts by our staff about
articles you’ll want to see. This week we look at the Centers for
Disease Control’s travel warning
for Miami, Florida, and the 1,600 cases of Zika discovered so far on
the US mainland; and Safecast, the citizen science group that teaches
civilians to how to build network-enabled Geiger counters used to document radiation readings from Fukushima, Japan, and around the world.
Helen Edwards, a highly regarded scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and longtime friend of the Bulletin,
passed away in June. Among the many awards she received were the
MacArthur Fellowship, the National Medal of Technology, and the Robert
R. Wilson Prize of the American Physical Society. She will be greatly
missed by all who knew her.
Senior Advisor to the Bulletin Kennette Benedict was interviewed for a Washington Post article regarding Donald Trump and nuclear weapons.
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