Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Newsletter September 2021

Posted: 10th September 2021

Sept. 9, 2021

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Cutting defense spending in a pandemic and climate change era

Five expert observers of US military spending provide their views on bringing a measure of sanity to the ever-expanding defense budgets. Read the September issue.​​​​​


Counting Pakistan’s nuclear weapons

This Nuclear Notebook column examines Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. Hans M. Kristensen and Matt Korda estimate that the country’s stockpile could realistically grow to around 200 by 2025. Read more.


NATO reforms could save billions

Political science Professor Barry R. Posen shows how major military alliance reforms can save as much as $70 billion to $80 billion per year with little change in the risk to US interests. Complimentary access to premium content.

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Centre for the Study of Existential Risk seeks Academic Programme Manager

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk invites applications for a Senior Research Associate: Academic Programme Manager which combines academic, management, and administrative responsibilities. Learn more.


China’s new nuclear silo fields: Negotiating card or arms race catalyst

On Sep. 21, join Duyeon Kim, adjunct senior fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at CNASMatt Korda, senior research associate for the Nuclear Information Project at FAS; and Tong Zhao, senior fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, in conversation with Bulletin associate editor Susan D’Agostino as they discuss the recent open source discoveries of the new Chinese nuclear missile fields and offer insights into whether this move is indicative of a larger strategy shift or a negotiating card for future talks. Learn more.


“(The US) should pay close attention to this development and take any opportunity to begin nuclear talks with North Korea,” 

Susan D’Agostino, Bulletin associate editor, “Why is North Korea resuming its nuclear programme,” Al Jazeera


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