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All things nukes and the threats they pose to humanity.

Nukes of Hazard Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

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All things nukes and the threats they pose to humanity.

    The Elimination of U.S. Chemical Weapons: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

    The Elimination of U.S. Chemical Weapons: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

    Chemical weapons have left a lasting impression on global security since their introduction in World War I. Now, with 100% of America's chemical weapons legacy dismantled, it's time to revisit how we got here and what concerns we have for future chemical weapons threats. Host Farah Sonde speaks to John Gilbert, Senior Science Fellow for the Center's Scientists Working Group on Biological and Chemical Security; John Isaacs, Senior Fellow at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation; Matthew Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences at Harvard University and Council for a Livable World board member; and Andy Weber, Senior Fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks’ Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons.

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    Show Notes:
    'This Day in History Class' episode: https://omny.fm/shows/this-day-in-history-class/phone-call-in-dugway-sheep-incident-march-17-1968
    'This Day in History Class' podcast: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-this-day-in-history-class-29520957/
    Matthew Meselson's archives: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/meselsonarchive
    Matthew Meselson's testimony to the Committee on Foreign Relations in 1969: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/sites/projects.iq.harvard.edu/files/meselsonarchive/files/04301969meselson.pdf
    Jonathan B. Tucker's book 'War on Nerves': https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/180879/war-of-nerves-by-jonathan-b-tucker/

    • 30 min
    How Open-Source Intelligence Can Unlock Nuclear Secrets

    How Open-Source Intelligence Can Unlock Nuclear Secrets

    Open-source intelligence (OSINT) and satellite imagery have changed the way civil organizations understand and evaluate nuclear arsenals and delivery systems — and the way governments interact with a changing balance of transparency and secrecy. Join us as we break down new developments in OSINT technology, how OSINT analysis can be used in nuclear weapons verification and the challenges ahead in regulating its use. Host Farah Sonde speaks to Decker Eveleth, Graduate Research Assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies; Marcy R. Fowler, Research and Analysis Manager for Open Nuclear Network; Matt Korda, Senior Research Fellow for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists; and Dave Schmerler, Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

    Music from www.bensound.com

    Show Notes:
    The Glory of Youth (Chinese Rocket Force TV Show) trailer: https://youtu.be/yXhIbqaMkCU?si=6m0GlALSyWf_BYpA
    Open Nuclear Network's Korean Peninsula Analysis Centre: https://analysis.opennuclear.org/

    • 31 min
    Nuclear Inheritance Part 2: Ukraine and the Bomb

    Nuclear Inheritance Part 2: Ukraine and the Bomb

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought us closer to nuclear escalation than ever in a post Cold War world. One major question hangs overhead: what if Ukraine had kept its nuclear arsenal after the USSR’s dissolution? Host Geoff Wilson speaks with Mariana Budjeryn, author of Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine, about how Ukraine made the brave decision to give up the bomb.

    • 32 min
    Nuclear Inheritance Part 1: Kazakhstan and Nuclear Testing

    Nuclear Inheritance Part 1: Kazakhstan and Nuclear Testing

    What happens when a new country is born with nuclear weapons already within its borders? What happens when the legacy of nuclear testing takes place almost entirely within communities of color? And how do the answers to these questions get knit together to form a national identity that refuses nuclear weapons, even in a world that seems to want to seek them out more than ever? Host Geoff Wilson talks with Togzhan Kassenova, Center board member and author of Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb, to break down these questions. Order the book: http://ow.ly/kQrX50K1gW7

    • 32 min
    The Future of Battlefield Nuclear Weapons

    The Future of Battlefield Nuclear Weapons

    Battlefield nuclear weapons — also called tactical or nonstrategic nuclear weapons — are a continuing topic of conversation in the halls of Congress and inside the Pentagon following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But what are they, are they necessary and why do we keep talking about them? Host Geoff Wilson talks with Jane Vaynman, Assistant Professor in Political Science at Temple University, to discuss their role in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, deterrence and more.

    • 32 min
    Rethinking Security in the Post-9/11 World

    Rethinking Security in the Post-9/11 World

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, a day that changed the trajectory of world history in ways that we are still coming to terms with. In this special episode of Nukes of Hazard, host Geoff Wilson talks to the Center's Executive Director, former Congressman John Tierney about his experience in Congress post-9/11, his work to redress some of the worst policies that came out of these tragic events, and how we must reframe the way we think about national security going forward.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

JoeCirin ,

Great use of top experts

The missile defense episode was outstanding. Clear explanation of a complex subject that blew away many of the myths. Terrific use of experts in the field. Laura Grego and Phil Coyle were superb.

c.p.t. ,

Excellent, rich analysis on all things nuclear

Very well put together and thoughtful analysis of nuclear issues. Great interviews, in depth narrative. Valuable source!

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It’s a good podcast for getting a working knowledge of the world nuclear situation.

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