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Nuclear Weapons

The China-Pakistan Nuclear Nexus: How Can India Respond?

Flashpoints | Security | South Asia Pakistan has been rapidly advancing its nuclear weapons capabilities with China’s help. What can India do about it? A Pakistani-made ballistic missile NASR is loaded on a trailer during a military parade to mark Pakistan National Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2019. Credit: AP Photo/Anjum NaveedIndian custom…
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March 27, 2020
Nuclear Weapons

Mega-wars that shaped world history

Renowned scientist and best-selling author Vaclav Smil meticulously charts one of the single largest causes of non-natural mortality.WWII is the quintessential transformational war, not only because of the sweeping changes it brought to the global order but also because of the decades-long shadows it cast over the rest of the…
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March 27, 2020
Nuclear Weapons

COVID-19 needs a Manhattan Project

PHOTO: GAVI/TONY NOEL (2018)There is an unprecedented race to develop a vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). With at least 44 vaccines in early-stage development, what outcome can we expect? Will the first vaccine to cross the finish line be the safest and most effective? Or will…
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March 26, 2020
Nuclear Weapons

Will the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Survive the 2020s?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The treaty has three separate but inter-related objectives: preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and nuclear-weapon technologies to more countries; promoting cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy;…
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March 16, 2020
Nuclear Weapons

How a small nuclear war would transform the entire planet

India tests its Agni-5 rocket in 2013, which is capable of carrying nuclear warheads.Credit: Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty It all starts in 2025, as tensions between India and Pakistan escalate over the contested region of Kashmir. When a terrorist attacks a site in India, that country sends tanks rolling across…
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March 16, 2020
Nuclear Weapons

Top 10 Near Misses With Nuclear Weapons

Since 1945, there has not been one military use of a nuclear weapon. For the most part, the concept of mutually assured destruction (MAD) kept the nuclear powers in check. However, that doesn’t mean that the world has been safe during this time. To the contrary, the age of the…
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March 10, 2020