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Edited by The Nonproliferation Review, a refereed journal concerned with the spread of nuclear, chemical, biological, and conventional weapons.

A New Pathway to Prohibiting Nuclear Testing

Unless the United Nations moves soon to outlaw nuclear testing, the nuclear nonproliferation regime will weaken and possibly collapse.


The Real Price of Ballistic Missile Defenses

A news story misstates the cost of US missile defense efforts, prompting a response from our resident budgetary expert.

A Graphic Distraction

Unanswered questions about an unsourced scientific graph purportedly evincing an Iranian nuclear weapons program warrants caution by the arms control

Destroying Libya’s Chemical Weapons: Deadlines and Delays

Libya continues to miss deadlines for the destruction of its chemical agent. Former CW production facilities must be destroyed under the terms of the CWC

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WMD Junction is an online forum brought to you by the editors of The Nonproliferation Review. It is designed to bridge the gap between informal blogs and formal academic journals, offering a respected home for timely and thoughtful reports and commentary with an international perspective on stories at the intersection of world affairs and the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

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The Promise and Peril of Thorium

It’s time to evaluate claims that thorium-fueled reactors can reduce the proliferation risks of nuclear energy. 

So Long, Mom, I’m Off to Drop the Bomb: A Case Study in Public Usage of an Educational Tool

What the surprising popularity of a website suggests about our complicated relationship with nuclear weapons.

Plotting the Trajectory of Turkey’s Ballistic Missile Program

Why does Turkey want to build an ICBM, and what does that mean for the Middle East?

Contagion: A Movie Pandemic Versus the Reality of Public Health

A professional in the real-life fight against emerging infectious diseases evaluates Contagion’s dramatic, but not exactly 

Fukushima’s Impact on Japan’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Policy

One year after the Fukushima disaster, Japan continues to assess its dependency on nuclear energy.

US-French Nuclear Cooperation: Stretching the Limits of National Strategic Paradigms

Newly declassified documents illuminate the nuclear collaboration between Washington and Paris—and reinforce that

Seizing the Opportunity to Create a WMD-free Middle East

A conference in Finland could transform Middle Eastern security, but only if Middle Eastern states abandon business as usual.

New Questions About the FBI’s Anthrax Case: Valid Concerns or Red Herring?

Was specialized equipment necessary to make the deadly powder used in the 2001 letter attacks, and, if not, what does that

International Task Force Takes Aim at Illicit Proliferation Funding

An intergovernmental group is sharpening global financial controls to prevent the financing of WMD proliferation and terrorism.

Can Libya be Locked Down?

In a post-Qaddafi era, who will secure Libya’s chemical and biological weapons materials? On August 25, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared

Understanding Turkey’s Position on the Iranian Nuclear Program

Turkey doesn’t want an Iranian nuclear weapon—but it also doesn’t want to hamper its own access to nuclear energy technology.

House Committee Adopts Tough New Rules for Nuclear Trade Agreements

A proposed law would require more intensive inspections, strict export control systems, and proven nonproliferation

Mapping the Nonproliferation Landscape: Part 2

The nonproliferation regime is crucial, but it is only a small part of overall international nonproliferation efforts.

Bringing Belarus Back to the Table

Belarus is using its stock of highly enriched uranium as political leverage; how can Washington persuade Minsk to let go of its HEU?

Atomic Atonement

On the 70th anniversary of the report which led to the development of the atomic bomb, can the UK take the lead again, this time in pioneering nuclear

Inflexible Response

An Ohio congressman ignores his own Republican colleagues—and military leaders—and attempts to micromanage the US nuclear arsenal.

The Arab Awakening and Regional Security

How will the unprecedented political changes sweeping through the Arab world affect states’ regional and international security policies?

From Dyad to Triad: What India’s Nuclear Developments Mean for Pakistan

How will Pakistan respond to India’s deployment of nuclear-armed submarines? With the induction of the