Summit: Not everything is for sale; North Korean verification; more


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September 21, 2018
Summit: Not everything is for sale


John Mecklin What We’re Reading


Last week’s Global Climate Action Summit was heavy on star power, but also saw some meaningful commitments from US governors and stirring words from the 16-year-old founder of Zero Hour.  

Unexpected, unreported, and so far unexplained emissions of CFC-11
Durwood J. Zaelke, Veerabhadran Ramanathan What We’re Reading


A spike in CFC-11, a banned chemical the depletes the ozone, was initially blamed on Chinese factories. The evidence shows that other culprits are likely out there. 

North Korean verification: Good enough for government work?
Gary Samore Magazine


Any verification regime for eliminating North Korean nuclear weapons is likely to involve uncertainty. But a degree of uncertainty might be an acceptable price to pay. Free-access in the Sept/Oct magazine.

At inter-Korean summit, little of substance on denuclearization


Elisabeth Eaves What We’re Reading


Bulletin columnist Duyeon Kim’s analysis of the inter-Korean summit stresses the lack of new information from the two leaders’ joint statement. 

Mini-nukes: Still a horrible and dangerous idea

John Mecklin What We’re Reading


Bulletin columnist Duyeon Kim’s analysis of the inter-Korean summit stresses the lack of new information from the two leaders’ joint statement. 

A virtual visit to a nuclear test site 


Thomas Gaulkin What We’re Reading


A new multimedia documentary offers an immersive look at France’s  nuclear tests in the South Pacific, making an abstract history lesson personal.

Will anti-money laundering reform in Iran matter?


Aaron Arnold Opinion


The Financial Action Task Force gave Iran until October to comply with anti-money laundering standards. But US secondary sanctions threaten to make those efforts irrelevant.

Radioactive material is still missing in Malaysia: Cause for concern?


Francisco Parada, Margarita Kalinina-Pohl, Miles A. Pomper Analysis

An industrial radiography unit that went missing in Malaysia probably wasn’t taken with malicious intent, but the situation still highlights a global pattern of mismanagement. 

Disruptive Technologies

Building the tools to fight botnets 


Elisabeth Eaves What We’re Reading


DARPA, the US military’s research arm, is trying to remove malware on computer networks before it can be used in a coordinated attack.

What’s New at the Bulletin
Join the Conversation
Join us November 8, 2018 for the Annual Dinner & Meeting, an event that combines the Bulletin’s signature evening celebration with an afternoon set of discussions led by our Science and Security Board and other recognized experts.


The Atomic Cafe
Join the Bulletin and friends on September 23rd at the Gene Siskel Film Center for a viewing of cult-classic The Atomic Cafe. The evening includes a pre-show reception and a post-movie discussion with filmmaker Jayne Loader, Bulletin president & CEO Rachel Bronson, and Bulletin nonresident senior fellow Stephen Schwartz.
Welcoming Halley Posner
The Bulletin welcomes Halley Posner as the new financial coordinator. Posner is a recent graduate of Bates College where she focused on nuclear weapons policy, specifically in the Asian theater . While at Bates, she was the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper and interned for the Center for International Policy.

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