Center for Strategic and International Studies. October 17, 2012.
The 2012 Nuclear Scholars Initiative featured an outstanding class of 21 graduate students and young professionals from across the United States, as well as one from the United Kingdom. Together, they participated in six monthly workshops that covered various aspects of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Sessions focused on the Nuclear Posture Reviews, deterrence and stability, nuclear modernization and arms control, nonproliferation and nuclear security, and nuclear targeting. The program culminated in a final meeting, at which the scholars presented their own research, the results of which are contained in this year’s volume. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://csis.org/files/publication/121017_Spies_NuclearInitiative_Web.pdf [PDF format, 288 pages].
Council on Foreign Relations. October 17, 2012.
Most of the debate about how to address Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear-weapons capacity focuses on two options. The first is to rely on deterrence and live with an Iran that has a small nuclear arsenal or the ability to assemble one with little advance notice. The second is to launch a preventive military strike aimed at destroying critical parts of the Iranian program and setting back its progress by an estimated two or more years. But now a third option has emerged: negotiating a ceiling on the nuclear program that would not be too low for Iran’s government and not too high for the United States, Israel, and the rest of the world. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.cfr.org/iran/time-test-iran/p29300 [HTML format].
The White House. Office of the Press Secretary. October 9, 2012.
Executive Order from the President regarding Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 and Additional Sanctions with respect to Iran.
Center for Strategic and International Studies. May 21, 2012.
This volume is an effort to understand the positions of key actors toward success and failure on Iran, and the responses of those actors to each other. Every party’s actions affects that of the others, and the actions of all of the parties affect Iranian behavior. This volume covers what different U.S. diplomatic policies toward Iran might entail, focusing on engagement, containment, and deterrence. The volume then analyzes the attitudes and responses of key actors: Israel, Iran’s Gulf Arab neighbors, the emerging powers of Turkey, China, India, and Russia, and the Iranians themselves. The report concludes that success lies in a dynamic U.S. strategy that engages a range of other actors and gives them a stake in both strategies and outcomes. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://csis.org/files/publication/120518_%20Alterman_GulfKaleidoscope_Web.pdf [PDF format, 120 pages].
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. April 2012.
Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will meet for a summit in Chicago this May to conclude their Deterrence and Defense Posture Review (DDPR), which was intended to be a vehicle for resolving key questions about the future role of nuclear weapons in NATO policy. However, NATO is unlikely to resolve the question of what to do about its forward deployed nuclear weapons before the summit. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/files/beyond_chicago_summit.pdf [PDF format, 54 pages].