Strategic Deterrence

Japan Nagasaki Anniversary

Opponents Of The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

It would seem a logical step, at least from an existential perspective: to ban something so utterly horrendous to life; to forbid its use in any circumstances, whatever rationale employed to justify its use. But the nuclear weapon has its admirers.  There are those who continue to worship its sovereign […]

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US Space Flags And Super-Duper Missiles

US President Donald Trump is much taken with the bombastic and the exaggerated. In an interview with the Associated Press in April 2017, he spoke of his infamous if somewhat less than successful wall project on the US-Mexican border. Ever happy to stretch the record on costs, he took issue […]

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The UK’s Trident Nuclear Programme

Of the “official” nuclear powers (Russia, the US, France, the UK, and China), the UK probably has the most idiosyncratic approach to nuclear deterrence. Keeping the UK out of Russian–US nuclear arms control agreements in conjunction with US SLBMs is an opportunity for “unofficial” Trident test launches.

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Popes Against Nuclear Weapons

The Vatican comes with its ills, contradictions and blatant hypocrisies in the field of moral theology and human existence, but on the issue of atomic and nuclear weapons, the position has been fairly consistent, if marked by gradual evolution.  On February 8, 1948, Pope Pius XII held an audience with […]

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The Collapse Of The INF Treaty: The US Spreads Disinformation And Raises The Threat

The development of new dual-use intermediate-range ballistic and cruise missiles was the only reason for America’s withdrawal from a treaty that the country’s previous leaders referred to as ‘a cornerstone of global security’. Washington’s disinformation campaign continues, along with its false statements that Russia ‘violated’ the INF Treaty.

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Cheering A New Arms Race: The End Of The INF

There is bound to be an initial boost in expenditure and testing on weapons that would have otherwise been banned by the INF.  A mini-arms race is in the offing: to each its degree of deserving lunacy.  There will also be, if the views of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are anything to go by, an increased emphasis on improving missile defences.