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 What the Dismantling of the Berlin Wall Means 30 Years Later

 What the Dismantling of the Berlin Wall Means 30 Years Later

Some anniversaries are less about the past than the future. So it should be with November 9, 1989. In case you’ve long forgotten, that was the day when East and West Germans began nonviolently dismantling the Berlin Wall, an entirely unpredicted, almost unimaginable ending to the long-entrenched Cold War. Think of it as the triumph of idealistic hope over everything that[Read More…]

The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line

The Most Dangerous Weapon Ever Rolls Off the Nuclear Assembly Line

Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first of a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons had rolled off the assembly line at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the panhandle of Texas. That warhead, the W76-2, is designed to be fitted to a submarine-launched Trident missile, a weapon with a range of more[Read More…]

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Donald Trump Welcomes in the Age of “Usable” Nuclear Weapons

Donald Trump Welcomes in the Age of “Usable” Nuclear Weapons

It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell. Last week, President Donald Trump made public his decision to abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a 1987 agreement with the Soviet Union. National Security Advisor John Bolton, a Cold Warrior in a post-Cold War world, promptly flaunted that announcement on a trip to Vladimir Putin’s Moscow.[Read More…]