Stories: Nuclear Issues

  • Kazakhstan’s Lesson for Iran

    Due to the diplomatic deal reached in Geneva, the theocracy running Iran has half a year to decide if its potential nuclear-weapons program would make the regime more, or less, secure. Sure, if the country keeps its capability to weaponize, it may be harder for regional rivals or Western powers to push for regime change. But internal collapse...

  • A Safer World at Ground Zero

    Standing at ground zero of the Soviet Union’s first nuclear-bomb explosion, it’s clear why the Kremlin saw this site as an ideal place to test its emerging nuclear-weapons program. Now part of modern-day Kazakhstan, the Semipalatinsk Test Site, or the Polygon, as it was informally known, stretches across a swath of...

  • Twilight for a Landmark in Arms Control

    During the Cold War, the Soviet Union ran a highly developed program to study infectious diseases such as anthrax, the plague and cholera, with an eye toward wiping out U.S. livestock. Now more than 60 years old, one such high-security lab sits decaying a short drive from the largest city in this former...