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Nuclear Proliferation

April 2016

Seeking Strategic Stability for U.S.-China Relations in the Nuclear Domain

Elbridge A. Colby and Wu Riqiang


This essay lays out U.S. and Chinese views on and interests in the nuclear weapons domain, describes how the stability model could serve as an appropriate framework for bilateral engagement, proposes specific collaborative initiatives the two nations could profitably pursue, and identifies remaining disagreements that will need to be managed.

February 2016

Pakistan’s Nuclear Proliferation and Its Impact on International and Regional Security

Dipankar Banerjee


This essay examines Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program and the challenges it poses for regional and international security.

November 2015

What to Do about North Korea

Sue Mi Terry

NBR Analysis Brief

In this NBR Analysis Brief, Sue Mi Terry (Bower Group Asia) examines the options available to the United States to address the threat posed by North Korea. She argues that Washington needs to increase pressure on the Kim regime by adopting a multipronged strategy that takes a firmer stance against Pyongyang and collaborates more closely with regional allies.

January 2015

South Korea's Search for Nuclear Sovereignty

Toby Dalton and Alexandra Francis


This article argues that the narrow technical disagreements stalling the renegotiation of the U.S.–South Korea nuclear cooperation agreement mask a far larger and more complicated set of issues and interests that challenge both the future of bilateral nuclear cooperation and the nonproliferation regime.

January 2015

Iran’s Year to Come in from the Cold


The beginning of 2015 will be a critical period for determining Iran’s future position in the international community. While negotiations over the country’s nuclear program will be closely watched, militant activities in Iraq, the possibility of new U.S. sanctions, and cooperation with Asian countries on energy will be other important issues to follow carefully.

January 2015

North Korea’s Nuclear Capability


Recent cyberattacks and subsequent U.S. sanctions on North Korean actors have refocused international attention on the threat posed by the Kim Jong-un regime. Even greater concern should surround the country’s other emerging asymmetric capability: its slowly advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

December 2014

Approaching Critical Mass: Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future

Noboru Yamaguchi, Christopher P. Twomey, Benjamin Schreer, P.K. Singh, Rajesh Basrur, Aaron L. Friedberg and Kang Choi


Is the world approaching "critical mass," a point at which the number and size of nuclear arsenals and the dangers associated with them will grow with explosive speed? In this roundtable, leading scholars discuss the nuclear security environment in Asia and draw implications both for U.S. policy and the international order.

October 2014

China-India Nuclear Relations

Policy Q&A

Vipin Narang (MIT) examines bilateral nuclear dynamics between China and India as well as Pakistan’s role in the relationship. He maintains that the United States should encourage Sino-Indian stability by remaining largely in the background.

October 2013

India: The Challenges of Nuclear Operationalization and Strategic Stability

Gaurav Kampani

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter provides an overview of the operational advances in India’s nuclear capabilities over the past decade and analyzes their regional and global implications

October 2013

Russia as a Nuclear Power in the Eurasian Context

Jacob W. Kipp

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter assesses Russia’s posture as a major nuclear weapons state and examines the role of Russian nuclear forces within the complex security environment of Eurasia.

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