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The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast. Companion to the popular Arms Control Wonk blog (www.armscontrolwonk.com). Hosted by Jeffrey Lewis & Aaron Stein.

Arms Control Wonk Jeffrey Lewis & Aaron Stein

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The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast. Companion to the popular Arms Control Wonk blog (www.armscontrolwonk.com). Hosted by Jeffrey Lewis & Aaron Stein.

    Israeli Rocket Motor Test

    Israeli Rocket Motor Test

    On April 20, an Israeli twitter user posted a video of a large smoky cloud to his Twitter account with the comment “A mysterious explosion in northern Israel.”
    Jeffrey and his team tracked down the "mysterious explosion," identifying it as a solid rocket motor test for an unknown missile or space system.
    Aaron and Jeffrey walk through the team's methodology, how they found the site, how they identified that it was a rocket motor, and how CNS's knowledgebase of missile industrial facilities assists in rapidly disproving disinformation. 
    https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1211676/israeli-rocket-motor-test/
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    • 17 min
    A Tale of Two Launches

    A Tale of Two Launches

    North Korea has been active the past few weeks, launching a set of cruise missiles (probably just coastal defense systems) and a separate set of ballistic missiles (which look like stretched KN23 short-range ballistic missiles) a few days later. But these events were received very differently by the Biden administration and analysts.
    Jeffrey, Aaron, and Scott discuss why these events were  received so differently, what the deal is with North Korea's newest short-range ballistic missile system, and what the Biden administration may be getting itself into with its denuclearization policy.
     
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    Please note that any views expressed on the Arms Control Wonk Podcast are the views of individual hosts, and do not represent the views of hosts' respective employers.

    • 43 min
    Making the Easy Stuff Hard: Re-joining the JCPOA

    Making the Easy Stuff Hard: Re-joining the JCPOA

    Biden campaigned on rejoining the JCPOA, but some of that enthusiasm has dried up since he took office.

    Aaron and Jeffrey debate what's going on, strategies for negotiating re-joining the JCPOA, and the fallacy of letting the perfect get in the way of the good as people begin to advocate for "waiting for a better deal" again.
    Also, it is a good time to start listening to Season Two of The Deal, available at IranDealPodcast.com and Apple Podcasts.
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    • 31 min
    New START and the Future of Arms Control

    New START and the Future of Arms Control

    President Biden has extended New START for five more years. But what are we going to do with those years? How to we actually advance stability?
    Aaron and Jeffrey talk about the steps necessary to secure stable, effective arms control treaties, the history of arms control, and the importance of tacking missile defenses alongside offensive systems.
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    • 33 min
    Iran's New Space Launcher: Zoljanah

    Iran's New Space Launcher: Zoljanah

    Iran unveiled a new (mostly) solid-propellant space launcher, the Zoljanah!
    But it looks....different than the other space launchers. Besides having a new fuel type, the Zoljanah may not have many IRGC or military fingerprints on it, indicating that the Iranian solid-propellant programs are robust and expansive.
    Jeffrey and Aaron talk Iranian space programs, civilian vs. military control of research programs, and, of course, why a solid-propellant launcher makes a difference. 
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    • 30 min
    Unravelling the Israeli Ballistic Missile Program

    Unravelling the Israeli Ballistic Missile Program

    Israel maintains a technologically advanced but understudied ballistic missile arsenal. 
    Jeffrey and Aaron dive into the French, South African, and American influences on the arsenal, how to model the Jericho missile families, and the history of the Israeli ballistic missile program.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
345 Ratings

345 Ratings

The McEnroes ,

Delight v. Despair

I’m not sure where or how I stumbled onto this podcast, but truly thankful I did! I have no background knowledge in arms control etc. but I consistently enjoy the content and the way that the hosts find the delight in the despair. Give it a listen.

Also I dig the new logo!

Lew in Chicago ,

Always look forward to the next drop.

Great content. Being academics, I can guess what your political leanings are and would prefer to guess rather than get hit over the head with it.

bob2735427 ,

Technical but approachable

I love how they makes a point to use the proper technical terms while explaining the jargon so a layperson can track with them.

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