Global Outlook: Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament

Curated expert opinion on intractable contemporary issues

Global Outlook: Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament

The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal Hangs in the Balance

By Amin Saikal  |  08 October, 2021

The diplomatic tug-of-war between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States over restoration of the Iran nuclear agreement (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) seems almost perennial. The two sides have engaged in brinkmanship, seeking to score maximum benefit against one another.

AUKUS Nuclear-Powered Submarine Deal – Non-proliferation Aspects

By John Carlson  |  26 September, 2021

The following is a brief overview of the nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards aspects of the proposal for Australia to build and operate nuclear-powered submarines.

Nuclear Submarines: Mitigating the Proliferation Impacts

By John Tilemann  |  22 September, 2021

The announcements of Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines have rightly underlined that the project is about the acquisition of a power source and not nuclear weapons and that Australia remains committed to the highest standards for safeguards to ensure non-proliferation, safety and security of nuclear material and technology.

Australia’s Nuclear-Powered Submarines Will Risk Opening a Pandora’s Box of Proliferation

By Tariq Rauf  |  19 September, 2021

After first suffering a seeming “brain snap” to acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) some years back; at long last Australia has been promised a fleet of eight SSNs by the Biden administration under the newly minted and awkwardly named AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and United States) alliance against China.

Time is Ripe to Reduce Global Military Spending

By Michael Brzoska  |  11 September, 2021

Time is ripe for initiatives to reduce global military spending. Global military expenditures are at record levels. The current pandemic is a stark reminder of the financial resources needed to prevent and meet future crises.

The Path from Nuclear Prohibition to Disarmament

By Ramesh Thakur  |  09 August, 2021

On the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, for the first time, a global treaty is in force outlawing the bomb. Last month, I completed and dispatched to the publisher an edited book on the nuclear ban treaty (or the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, as it’s officially called) with contributions from many familiar people in academia, think tanks, foreign ministries and civil society.

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