Are the U.S. and U.K. Imperiling Nuclear Non-Proliferation by Sharing Atomic Secrets?

The sharing of nuclear weapons technology is part of the “Special Relationship” between the U.S. and U.K., as Winston Churchill famously described the Trans-Atlantic allegiance. But does the extent of the British-American cooperation amount to a violation of the global ban on sharing atomic secrets? And is it encouraging nuclear powers like Pakistan to do the same? WhoWhatWhy takes a closer look.

Radioactive Eye Glasses…Silverware…Zippers…Hip Joints… Anyone?

Every ten years or so, the nuclear establishment trots out a proposal to offload some of its so-called low-level waste—radioactive metals, concrete, soil, plastics, and other materials—onto the public. In the past, this idea was met with outrage and was stopped. But as the nation’s nuclear garbage pile continues to grow, the pressure to release some of it into commerce—and thus our daily lives—mounts.

Mitt and Barry Spar Over Russia—Whom Can You Trust?

Obama accidentally airs an incautious private remark. Romney accuses Obama of a hidden agenda when it comes to (at least) foreign policy, and gets himself in a bit of hot water. What’s the back story to this squabble over open-air diplomacy, and is Russia really America’s Real “Number One Foe”? Here’s a look at the power politics behind the gaffes.

Fair and Balanced Nukes?

Yesterday’s New York Times represented a kind of quiet sea change. A front-page article addressed the quality of intelligence analyses of Iran’s nuclear intentions, against the background of the West’s mounting confrontation with Tehran. Unlike the largely credulous articles written by Judith Miller and others that provided crucial fodder for justifying the invasion of Iraq Read More