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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.

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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.

    Iran's Once in a Lifetime Moment

    Iran's Once in a Lifetime Moment

    And you may find yourself not complying with the IAEA
    And you may find yourself in a war in another part of the world
    And you may find yourself making a metaphor about an automobile
    And you may find yourself enriching your uranium stocks, and building reactors
    And you may ask yourself "Well, how did I get here?" 
     
    Letting the days go by, politics will hold you down 
    Letting the days go by, heavy water underground 
    Into Fordow again, maybe to Isfahan
    Once in a lifetime, realignment all around
     
    Same as it ever was, Same as it ever was
     
    Jeffrey and Aaron go through the current state of play in Iranian politics (just prior to its massive missile strike on Israel), particularly around the nuclear program and what the bomb genuinely means for security and Iranian internal politics, and review how we got here over the past 20 years of Arms Control Wonkery.
     
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    • 35 min
    Russian Nuclear Doctrine in the Financial Times 2: A Conversation with William Alberque

    Russian Nuclear Doctrine in the Financial Times 2: A Conversation with William Alberque

    William Alberque joins Jeffrey for a friendly and deep debate about the Russian Navy nuclear documents leaked to FT, covered in our previous episode.
    This is a fascinating discussion not only on the documents themselves, but what they imply for Russia's view of its own territorial integrity, what it needs to convince its soldiers to go to bat for, and the eternal issues of "self-deterrence".  
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    • 40 min
    Russian Nuclear Doctrine in the Financial Times

    Russian Nuclear Doctrine in the Financial Times

    Max Seddon and Chris Cook with the Financial Times have written an excellent piece on leaked Russian Naval documents that FT saw, focused on thresholds for Russian nuclear use, especially in a war scenario with China. 
    Jeffrey and Aaron go through what the documents reveal and debate if they're generally consistant with what is understood about Russian nuclear doctrine or, as FT states, indicate that the threshold is lower than previous understood.  
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    • 35 min
    Jeffrey Visits the Test Site

    Jeffrey Visits the Test Site

    Road trip to Vegas.
    As part of an NGO transparency visit, NNSA opened up the Nevada Test Site to a group of international nuclear weapons experts, including one Dr. Jeffrey Lewis.
    Jeffrey goes through what he saw: P Tunnel, The BEEF, and the crown jewel, U1a. This was an NNSA exercise in transparency, aimed at showing the community and world that the U.S. stockpile stewardship and treaty verification exercises are separate from nuclear explosive tests. It was also, and we cannot underline this enough, extremely cool.
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    • 43 min
    Russia Buys North Korean Missiles

    Russia Buys North Korean Missiles

    Shoigu went shopping. 
    Russia is buying KN-23 and KN-25 missiles from North Korea and launching them in support of its invasion of Ukraine. Imagery from on the ground clearly shows North Korean style solid-propellant missiles.
    Jeffrey and Aaron talk about what this means for global ballistic missile proliferation, possible South Korean responses, and the continued rise of North Korea as a ballistic missile exporter.
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    • 25 min
    North Korea's New Satellite

    North Korea's New Satellite

    North Korea finally got a reconnaissance satellite into orbit, after several failed prior attempts! While it is a little rough around the edges, every program has to start somewhere.
    Jeffrey and Aaron talk through the implications of the DPRK's reconnaissance satellite, the relationship of the DPRK missile and space programs, and the importance of high fashion for the spacelaunching elites. 
     
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
400 Ratings

400 Ratings

ThermoPlaya ,

Launch a missile, get a pod, ….record a great show, get a 5 Star.

I was introduced to Dr. Lewis via his book the 2020 commission. He, Dr. Stein and their guests inform me on topics of interest, perhaps not always perfectly but darn close. Just wish they would drop more frequently.

TedWynot ,

Casual listener

I am, in fact, a casual listener. Heard Jeffrey on a CNN interview with Kristie Stout years ago and have been reading his writing since (science based and fiction). This podcast is easy to understand and makes the less informed listener a more informed person. Thank you!

jd2020 ,

Decent info if u can suffer through it

First episode I listened to was painful. Audio quality, so so. Content surprisingly decent, but too much chaff and self involved drivel. Not as dry or half hearted as some people think tank content. Not much competition in this space I guess

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