Category Archives: Nuclear Disarmament

A nuclear-weapons-free Arctic?

Changing climatic conditions in the Arctic have brought regional security concerns into renewed focus, and security relations in the north are in turn inevitably affected by confrontations in other parts of the world. Nevertheless, the region continues to develop as … Continue reading

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Visiting Reykjavik’s Hofdi House 27 years later

Twenty-seven years to the day after the historic Reagan/Gorbachev Summit in Reykjavik, a visit to the scene, the modest Hofdi House near Reykjavik harbour, is a reminder of what almost happened on October 12, 1986. Continue reading at The Simons … Continue reading

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Greenland’s Turn to Uranium Mining

The Parliament of Greenland has just voted by a narrow margin to lift the 25-year ban on mining radioactive materials. What that means is a controversial first step along a still very long road toward the mining and exporting of … Continue reading

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Missile Defence and the Arctic

Ballistic missile defence installations in the Arctic may have little direct bearing on day-to-day security concerns and arrangements there, but it would be naïve to assume that the irritations that missile defence visits on strategic relations among Russia, the United … Continue reading

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A flawed Arms Trade Treaty: Taking courage from a flawed NPT

Elements of the peace and disarmament community are currently engaged in a spirited debate over whether the new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is an achievement worth celebrating or a failure that could actually harm arms transfer control efforts in the … Continue reading

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Are Russian nuclear weapons on the rise in the Arctic?

As Senior Fellow in Arctic Security at The Simons Foundation, the following introduces a posting on my Disarming Arctic Security blog on the Foundation website. Click on the link below for the complete article. The Barents Observer reported in January … Continue reading

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Circumpolar Military Facilities of the Arctic Five

As Senior Fellow in Arctic Security at The Simons Foundation, the following introduces a compilation of military facilities found on the Foundation website. Click on the link below for the complete document. In 2011 the Canadian Senate Committee on Security and … Continue reading

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The new Iran talks: will both sides finally take the steps they have so far refused?

To no one’s surprise, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had only derision for the recently resumed nuclear talks with Iran, but for most the Iran debate has moved from the merits of a military attack to the key elements of … Continue reading

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Iran and the limits of deterrence

Deterrence would become the default response if Iran were not ultimately prevented from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but neither the Cold War nor the South Asian experience offers much hope that stability would ensue.

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Canadian uranium and China’s nuclear weapons arsenal

Exporting uranium to any state with nuclear weapons should obviously proceed only with the greatest of caution. Hence, this two-fold question: Is Canada taking sufficient care to ensure that Canadian uranium will never end up in a Chinese bomb; can … Continue reading

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