Critical Steps in Biden’s Nuclear Posture Review

By Christine Parthemore President Biden’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) will be released soon. When it is, it will make several policy changes that should greatly benefit U.S. security and international leadership. One is that the NPR will reportedly declare that…

CSR Receives Major Grant to Address the Rising Risks of Nuclear Conflict

Part of the impetus to launch the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) was our concern that catastrophic risks were rising. The global security environment is experiencing monumental strains, including from the weakening of long-held norms, clear violations of the rules-based…

BRIEFER: The Benefits of Further Declarations of Restraint from the Use of Nuclear Weapons

By Rear Admiral John Gower, CB OBE An important component of reducing risk among nuclear-armed states is greater understanding of others’ policies, plans, and intentions regarding their arsenals. Such understanding serves to reduce significantly the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculation…

Toward a Modernized Nuclear Triad: Dangerously Expensive or Vital to Deterrence?

U.S. global strike command tests ICBM, bomber capabilities - the nuclear missile leg of the nuclear missile triad (Feb 25, 2015) By Natasha Bajema In a stunning series of revelations, researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and…

The Biden-Putin Summit: Pivoting in the Right Nuclear Direction

Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the United States of America Joseph Biden in Geneva, on 16 June 2021. By Christine Parthemore The first in-person summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded…

On the Verge – New Weapons of Mass Destruction? (007)

In this episode, Dr. Natasha Bajema, Director of the Converging Risks Lab, hosts a follow-on discussion with Colonel (ret) Ron Fizer and the Honorable Andy Weber about the definition of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and whether or not other technologies and scenarios with the…

BRIEFER: A Practical Strategy for Nuclear Risk Reduction and Disarmament

By Christine Parthemore and Rear Admiral John Gower, CB OBE In remarks at the White House the afternoon of April 15th, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke of a recent call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, voicing hope that the nations…

On the Verge – Rebooting the National Strategy to Combat WMD (006)

In this episode, Dr. Natasha Bajema, Director of the Converging Risks Lab, hosts Colonel (ret) Ron Fizer and the Honorable Andy Weber in a discussion about the need to reboot the 2002 strategy to combat Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).…

On the Verge – Sole Purpose Nuclear Doctrine (004)

In this episode, Natasha Bajema, Director of the Converging Risks Lab at the Council on Strategic Risks, interviews Andy Weber and John Gower about their proposal for a sole purpose nuclear doctrine. The Honorable Andy Weber is a Senior Fellow…