If Assad has been hiding chemical weapons, we need to know. By the chief inspector for the 2014 removal of chemical weapons from Syria. Unfortunately, Russia is protecting Assad and is unlikely to agree. And yes, it’s likely Assad has been hiding nerve agents. Photo from that link. What can forensics tell us about the attacks?
A summary of the argument made at #nukefest2017 by Vipin Narang that India may be reconsidering its no-first-use pledge. It’s a fairly complicated argument, but important both for what it means in the nuclear standoff between India and Pakistan and for nuclear war more generally. As I listened to Narang make the argument, I concluded that the logic of nuclear weapons always pushes toward a first strike. The reason for that is the immense destructiveness of nuclear weapons. Or better yet, not to play at all.
Lock them Up: Zero-deployed Non-strategic Nuclear Weapons in Europe. Looks interesting, but I haven’t read it yet.
Servers at the largest Estonian oil shale company were infected with Russian malware. Oil shale is a large part of the Estonian energy economy.
What was Lenin thinking? This is part of the New York Times’s series on the Russian Revolution, a hundred years ago this year. Some implications for today’s events.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko was a poet in the Soviet Union. He resisted the regime but mostly stayed within its acceptable parameters. This is a difficult path, since one is likely to be condemned by both sides, and Yevtushenko was. The value of it is that one continues to be heard. It is worth thinking about this strategy of resistance, among others, in case things go very badly in the United States under President Donald Trump.