Links – December 5, 2017

The folks at Middlebury Institute for International Studies, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, are good at figuring out rocket launches. An inside look.

What we really know about North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

Nuclear deterrence is up for discussion again. Some of the best is from Ankit Panda and Vipin Narang, who often write together (here, for example). We can go historical for what Daniel Ellsberg told Henry Kissinger or for a critique of Herman Kahn’s escalation dominance. North Korea’s nuclear weapons, the need to update our own (pro and con), and worries about Trump’s finger on the button also motivate this discussion. I have reservations about a lot of this – thought deterrence needed to change in a big way in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

19 years later, Hanford’s 1st radioactive tank farm emptied.

Winter is worse in Norilsk. So is pollution. An ever-popular place to write about. Top photo is from here, of cottages that slave laborers lived in. The rise in the background looks an awful lot like the tailings pond the Estonians remediated at Sillamäe, but bigger.

White House May Share Nuclear Power Technology With Saudi Arabia. There are multiple ways this story doesn’t make sense. Keep an eye on it as it develops.

Why F. W. deKlerk gave up South Africa’s nuclear weapons.

This past week saw the 75th anniversary of the world’s first human-made nuclear reactor.

A comprehensive look at why air travel has become so unpleasant.

One comment

  1. km · December 6

    I know the photo is from NYT, which identifies the structures as slave labor barracks, but don’t they look like fake fronts to you? Doesn’t look like there is any enclosed space.

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