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Friday, September 23, 2016

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016
Jodi Lieberman
The roundup is an indispensable daily listing of nuclear-related news and reports, compiled by Jodi Lieberman of the Argonne National Lab. Read it on the website or sign up to have it delivered to your inbox every day!
Ta Minh Tuan, Parris H. Chang, Raymond Jose Quilop
Barack Obama is reportedly considering a no-first-use policy for the US nuclear arsenal, and proponents of the move say it would de-escalate potential nuclear crises. But how would a US nuclear no-first-use policy affect security in East and Southeast Asia? A new debate opens at the Bulletin.
James E. Doyle
Press reports indicate that key players in the Obama administration are against a no-first-use pledge, but what are the consequences of bringing the issue up only to reject it?
How to reduce South Asia's nuclear dangers
Jayita Sarkar, Rabia Akhtar, Mario E. Carranza
A pair of fierce rivals, both nuclear-armed, face off across a contested border—no wonder South Asia has sometimes been called the world's most dangerous place. How can India and Pakistan manage nuclear risk so that danger doesn't become catastrophe? Round one of our debate opens.
Michael L. Gross, D.Canetti, D.R. Vashdi
When ordinary citizens think of cyber threats, most are probably worried about their passwords and banking details, not a terrorist attack. Yet terrorists aim for mental as well as physical destruction, and depending upon who the attackers and the victims are, the psychological effects of cyber threats can rival those of traditional terrorism. Subscription journal.
David Mabb
Submarines carrying nuclear weapons embody the fears of the atomic age. They are not where one expects to find fabrics created by a famous 19th century socialist designer.
What We're Reading
What We’re Reading is a new blog at the Bulletin featuring short posts about articles you’ll want to see. This week we look at reports that China already has a cyber superweapon in place that could exploit as many as 70 million personal computers worldwide; the growing threat from microbes that are more dangerous than cancer; how today’s weather patterns are unrecognizable, even to meteorologists; and whether Colin Powell is right in his claim that Israel has 200 nuclear weapons.
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Monday, September 26, 2016
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Join Julian Borger of The Guardian, as he moderates a conversation among experts  Suzanne DiMaggio, Mark Fitzpatrick, and Chung-in Moon about the implications of North Korea’s most recent nuclear test.
Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation invite proposals for analytical work on reducing the risks posed by nuclear materials.
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