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Missile defence 30 years after "Star Wars"

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March 23rd marked the 30th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s infamous “Star Wars” speech, which launched the United States on a new round of the long effort to build a unilateral technological defence against the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Thirty years and some $200 billion later, that dream remains just as unrealistic now as it […]

Missile defence 30 years after “Star Wars”

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March 23rd marked the 30th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s infamous “Star Wars” speech, which launched the United States on a new round of the long effort to build a unilateral technological defence against the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Thirty years and some $200 billion later, that dream remains just as unrealistic now as it […]

Global nuclear arsenal declines

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Over the past twelve months, the world has seen a drop in the number of active nuclear weapons as countries retire aged or obsolete weapons. China, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States possess in total approximately 19,000 nuclear weapons.

Canada makes the wrong move at Conference on Disarmament

Cesar Jaramillo, program officer at Project Ploughshares, argues against the recent decision to boycott the UN Conference on Disarmament (Cesar Jaramillo, “Canada’s disarmament conference boycott is ill-advised,” Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 14 July 2011): Canada’s newly elected Conservative majority government seems to be wasting no time in taking a tough stance on foreign policy, but Canada’s decision […]

U.K. nukes to balance North Korea, Pakistan?

U.S. aerospace and defence magazine Aviation Week has succeeded in inventing the world’s most ridiculous justification for Britain’s “independent nuclear deterrent”–which is no easy feat given the quality of the entries in that particular competition over the years. According to AvWeek‘s Ares blog (“U.K. Trident Renewal: Maintaining West’s Nuclear Parity With China,” Ares, 19 May […]