The global nuclear renaissance is back on the agenda. For all the repercussions of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, nuclear energy is gaining momentum and winning new regional markets. One of these emerging new markets is the Middle East, where an increasing number of countries are...
WMD Terrorism Originated in North Caucasus: Again on the Agenda?
Recently it has become known that two prime suspects in committing the Boston Marathon bombings are two brother who had been identified as ethnic Chechens. On April 22, 2013 New York Times published an article[i] which noted t...
Various ideas for establishing a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East were first voiced in the early 1960s. Nevertheless, negotiations on establishing a WMD-free zone in the region remain very far from conclusion. The establishment of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East was part of the 1995 N...
Nuclear Disarmament аnd Nonproliferation
It is a pleasure to have the chance to correspond with you, and I am grateful to the Security Index for this exchange. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on whether a policy of nuclear disarmament is appropriate within the current international security climate.
For my part, I am somewhat skeptical. In my experience, proponents of nuclear disarmament, when pressed on the question, commonly declare that what is really needed to achieve and sustain a world of zero is some kind of fundamental transformation in how the international community thinks about military security. In this respect, I quite agree with the disarmament community, insofar as I believe it is true that envisioning a disarmed world necessarily presupposes a world that operates fundamentally differently – in its approaches to security, conflict resolution, status, and indeed national power itself – from how things work today.