Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Iran's Ballistic Missile Program

Author: Greg Bruno

Despite concerns over Iran's nuclear program, the Obama administration has assessed that Tehran is years from a developing a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon. But past Iranian secrecy and testing bombast have led some experts to remain skeptical of Tehran's capabilities and ambitions.

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U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Speakers: William J. Perry and Brent Scowcroft
Presider: Jackson Diehl

The co-chairs of the CFR-sponsored independent task force on U.S. nuclear weapons policy outline their recommendations on how to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. deterrent nuclear force, prevent nuclear terrorism and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

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U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force (Audio)

Speakers: William J. Perry and Brent Scowcroft
Presider: Jackson Diehl

Listen to the co-chairs of the CFR-sponsored independent task force on U.S. nuclear weapons policy outline their recommendations on how to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. deterrent nuclear force, prevent nuclear terrorism and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

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Strengthening The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime

Speakers: Charles Ferguson, Christopher A. Ford, and Paul Lettow
Presider: Henry Sokolski

What stake does the United States have in the global nonproliferation regime as it currently exists? What are the risks and rewards of bilateral arrangements with countries such as India? How can loopholes in the NPT be closed? Should the United States ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty? What are the lessons of voluntary initiatives, such as the Proliferation Security Initiative, for a coalition approach to nonproliferation?

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Expert Brief

Assessing Motives in Tehran

Author: Frank Procida

As American policymakers and foreign policy experts argue over the proper reaction to Iran's apparent quest for nuclear weapons, CFR's Intelligence Fellow Frank Procida asks whether the West should be so sure weaponization is in the offing given its track record on guessing at what motivates Tehran.

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