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Fellowship at Ploughshares

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Now Accepting Applications: the Roger L. Hale Fellowship at
Ploughshares Fund for the 2015/2016 Term


“Ploughshares Fund will work with the selected Fellow to create an engaging experience based upon the skills, knowledge, and interests of the Fellow. The successful applicant will contribute to the core program and policy aspects of the organization’s work. As the Fellow will be supporting the program and/or policy teams, his/her duties may include, but are not limited to, evaluating grant proposals, strategizing with potential and existing grantees, assisting with policy development, assisting with congressional outreach activities, developing regional focuses for programmatic activity, monitoring legislative developments, original research and publication on Ploughshares Fund website and other venues, and representing Ploughshares Fund as required. Responsibilities will require extensive research and writing on current nuclear weapons-related topics. The Fellow will also assist with organizing briefings and meetings as needed. He/she will have ample opportunity to engage with the organization’s president and executive director, as well as meet periodically with Chair Emeritus Roger Hale. “


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We are pleased to inform you that a new employment opportunity has been advertised on our website (

VA: VA86-31-2014
Post Title: Operations Centre Manager
Grade: P-4
Date of Issuance: 09-Oct-2014
Deadline Date: 23-Nov-2014
Reporting Date: 06-Jan-2015

Please find more details on the web page:

Please note that applications received after the closing date cannot be considered.

Thank you for your interest in the CTBTO.

China’s Hypersonic Weapons

Check out the discussion from Carnegie Endowment with James M. ActonMichael D. SwainePhillip Saunders,Lora SaalmanMichael McDevitt

link here.

can we rethink Cuba?

About a month ago Cuba changed their tax rates for investors. story: here.

seeing it reminded me to ask- what are we doing with Cuba?! I don’t want to jump the gun on this, but half a century in we might give some thought to what we are trying to do with the embargo – and why. The US has dealt with and continues to deal with some unsavory regimes. How is it that trade is expected to help repair our relationships in Vietnam or China but not 90 miles south of Florida? Can we not declare victory over communism and give up this Cuba business? The young cigar smoking revolutionary (A virile symbol of the communist threat) has aged into an old man in a track suit…

I know that part of the answer is in the black box- states are not unitary rational actors and this is an excellent example of that. Florida voters have had disproportionate influence on foreign policy here.  There isn’t a strong enough bloc of voters or lobby asking what we are doing with the embargo. Perhaps before 2020 we will be able to take a clear look at US interests in the Caribbean and how Cuba could fit into that. I would be interested to hear a strategic defense of the embargo if it is out there.*


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* (I am not interested in hysteric anti-communist rhetoric)


When something’s going wrong…

It isn’t news that radiation scares most of us. I am surprised when I talk to nonproliferation scholars who also seem to treat all “radiation” as an unknown force of instant death. Most of us who aren’t scientists or technical experts don’t have a good frame of reference for understanding the actual dangers (or lack thereof) from radiation. There is a good deal to know about it and what constitutes danger. (There is some debate here, but the ranges aren’t too far off). I am disappointed when I read news stories which refer to “radiation” and fail to convey even the slightest bit of information beyond that.



This came up in reading about a “radiation” leak at WIPP. The article caught my eye because the headline included both ‘radiation’ and ‘underground fire’. The articles are available here and here. The events are unrelated, but lumping them into a single piece insinuating that there may be a lurking danger of safety lapses at the facility did catch my eye.

All that said- I do understand that journalists have to write for their audience. There are certainly examples of reporters doing a good job of balancing this constraint with the need to inform about what is actually going on. (With maybe some context for the radiation doses). For example Laurie Garrett on the aftermath of Fukushima in Foreign Policy here.

This can be a tough subject and getting to the meat of how dangerous an event is can be difficult. That doesn’t absolve anyone from telling a complete story. 


Musical Interlude

The calendar –

What to watch from the calendar: thanks to the Nuclear Calendar —
A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest

Oct. 31 10:00 a.m., Senate Foreign Relations Committee, votes on the nominations of Rose Gottemoeller to be Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Frank Rose to be Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance, Adam Scheinman to be Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation and other nominations. 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington. Webcast on the committee website.
Nov. 6 7:00-9:00 p.m., Martin Hellman, Stanford University, “The Wisdom of Foolishness: Four Historic Innovations, Deemed Foolish, Proven Smart.” Sponsored by the Daisy Alliance, At the Georgia Tech Student Center, Blue Ballroom, Third Floor, 350 Ferst Dr., Atlanta. RSVP online, to Holly Lindamood by email or at (770) 261-4274.
Nov. 7 9:30 a.m., Senate Armed Services Committee, hearing on “Impact of Sequestration on the National Defense,” with Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army Chief of Staff; Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations; Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps Commandant; and Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force Chief of Staff. G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington. Webcast on the committee website.
Nov. 7-8 Camden Partnership, “Sustaining the Triad: The Enduring Requirements of Deterrence.” Kings Bay Conference Center, Kings Bay, GA. Register online.


Update on ISODARCO


since 1966

International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts Italian Pugwash Group

27th Winter Course on: 

ANDALO (TRENTO) – ITALY       8 – 15 January 2014

Course Directors:
Matthew Evangelista and 
Judith Reppy (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)


More than two decades after the end of the cold war, nuclear weapons continue to pose a grave threat to international security. The 2014 Isodarco Winter School will address the challenge of strengthening nonproliferation rules and practices in a world in which many states face real and perceived security threats. Topics will include: a) technical aspects of protecting the nuclear fuel cycle; b) assessing new efforts to secure, cut off, and reduce fissile material stockpiles; c) issues posed by recent nuclear proliferation; d) the roles of international law and domestic measures in supporting a strengthened nonproliferation regime.

Principal Lecturers

Alexei Arbatov (IMEMO and Carnegie Endowment, Moscow, Russia); Nadia Arbatova (IMEMO, Moscow, Russia); Wyn Bowen (King’s College, London, UK); Mirco Elena (Isodarco and FOCC, Trento, Italy); Trevor Findlay (Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Ottawa, CA; Belfer Center; Paolo Foradori (University of Trento, Trento, Italy); Feroz Khan (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA, USA); Catherine Kelleher (University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA); Sayed Hossein Mousavian (Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA); Wolfango Plastino (University of Rome Tre, Rome, Italy); Laura Rockwood (Vienna, Austria); Elena Sokova (Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation, Vienna, Austria); Nikolai Sokov (Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation, Vienna, Austria); Mark Suh (Korean Pugwash Group, Berlin, Germany); Carlo Trezza (Chairman, Missile Technology ControlRegime, Italy); William Walker (University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland); Christine Wing (New York University, New York City, NY, USA); Yvonne Yew (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA).

Confirmations are expected from additional eminent scholars who have been invited to the School.

General Information

A.    English will be the working language of the School. The course will be articulated in formal lectures, seminars offered by the participants, round tables and general open discussions.

B.    Applications should arrive not later than November 18th, 2013 and should be addressed to the Director of the School: Prof. CARLO SCHAERF, Physics Department – University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Rome, Italy.                  E-mail:

Tel.: (+39)0672594561   —   Fax: (+39)062040309   —   URL: –

We suggest that you apply on-line at

C.    The nominal admission fee which includes attendance, accommodation and full board is 450,00 Euros. A reduced fee of 250,00 Euros is applied to students without a salary born in 1988 or after and to participants from Countries with foreign currency problems. Participants will be housed in double or triple rooms. The admission fee for single rooms, if requested and available, will be 750,00 Euros.

Early Warning

If you don’t keep up with Early Warning from ploughshares -edited by Benjamin Loehrke and Alyssa Demus – you should.

Come for the analysis and coverage of international security topics- stay for dessert. You won’t find this anywhere else.


Cold War = won – The first Russian Krispy Kreme doughnut shop is set to open on Thursday, located within walking distance of Red Square in Moscow. Five more shops are planned to open in coming months.

–“My dream has come true. I first saw Krispy Kreme about 10 years ago and I fell in love with it. I used to bring doughnuts home from overseas trips. But then I thought, why can’t I give people in Moscow an opportunity to buy Krispy Kreme doughnuts?” said franchise owner Arkady Novikov. Full story from the Moscow Times