Links – January 5, 2018

Happy New Year! Twenty years ago today, I came back to work after the holiday to find a faxed invitation that began my Estonian adventure. Top photo: The marker for the Sillamäe tailings pond cleanup, 2011.

Demonstrations continue in Iran. Donald Trump is determined to tweet about them. As usual, his tweets are not helpful but rather inciting. Here’s an article by two people on opposite sides with respect to the nuclear agreement. Here are some good suggestions from (gasp!) a Republican. How to ensure that Iran never starts reprocessing.

Much of the administration’s rhetoric on North Korea seems aimed at starting a war. Today Nikki Haley said that North Korea must eliminate its nuclear weapons before negotiations can start. That, of course, will not happen. Here’s a summary of that bleak outlook. On the other hand, here is an approach to negotiation. This is important:

Ultimately, the question is not whether the United States can get everything it wants; it’s whether a deal can secure vital interests.

Why North Korea succeeded at getting nuclear weapons — when Iraq and Libya failed. When a North Korean test missile hit a North Korean cityWhy nuclear war with North Korea is less likely than you think. The first time someone wanted to use nuclear weapons in Korea. Why North Korea is so scared of America (hint: there was a war)Tim Kaine: How to avoid stumbling into a North Korea catastropheNine Reasons Why Kim Jong Un’s South Korea Initiative is More Than Just a Tactic.

What Kennedy didn’t know about the situation in Cuba and what we don’t know about North Korea.

Conventional wisdom suggests the U.S. is in decline, and a rising China will replace it as the world’s superpower. But how realistic is this?

Strengthening Checks on Presidential Nuclear Launch Authority.

Trump rejects the link between women’s rights and national security.

This is the best explanation I’ve seen of Trump.

Rex Tillerson’s sad year-end report.

A week or so ago, a conspiracy theorist got into an argument on Twitter with a couple of shark experts. She said that she had personally seen a megalodon shark, a prehistoric beast 75 feet long, and that the government was covering up its existence. The experts were patient, but eventually there was a pile-on by bystanders. Here’s a exhaustive list of how we know that megalodon is extinct.

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