On April 26, it will be thirty years since the Chernobyl reactor blew up. That event gave the Soviet Union’s new premier, Mikhail Gorbachev, a scare that got him thinking about better ways to run the country. None of that worked out quite as he planned, though. Here’s a good history of the Chernobyl event. Photo from here of the containment now being built for the ruined reactor.
North Korea: How to approach the nuclear threat. Well thought-out advice from the Assistant Secretary for the US State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
This was inevitable. Putin has his own reasons for staying away from the Nuclear Security Summit. But the delay and dithering over how to dispose of the 34 tons of weapons plutonium that we agreed with Russia to dispose has given him a lever. Russia moved along with their plan just as they said they would, but the US has had noisy lobbying against making that plutonium into reactor fuel, and the MOX plant in South Carolina has been put on hold. Now there is talk of putting that plutonium into WIPP, which requires less treatment of the plutonium than was agreed with Russia.
An academic assessment of homeland security hazards, including a terrorist nuclear bomb. This article shows how difficult it is to assess exact probabilities of events that could cause major problems.