Author Archives: Greg Thielmann

The Cost of Ignoring UN Inspectors: An Unnecessary War with Iraq

By Greg Thielmann On March 7, ten years ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UN Special Commission on Iraq (UNMOVIC) reported to the UN Security Council on the latest results of their inspections in Iraq, monitoring enforcement of the … Continue reading

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The INF Treaty: 25 Years and Holding

By Greg Thielmann The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which was signed in Washington 25 years ago tomorrow, December 8, is legendary among arms controllers for its improbable outcome and the depth, pace, and duration of its accomplishments. With implementation … Continue reading

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Is AP’s “Iranian Graph” Explosive News?

By Greg Thielmann As a general rule, serious security concerns and hyperbolic news reports are a bad combination. The November 27 Associated Press “Exclusive,” based on an Iranian graph reportedly now in possession of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), … Continue reading

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Iran’s 20% Enriched Uranium Stockpile

By Greg Thielmann One of the most significant and underreported developments in the August 30 report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s nuclear program was the decrease in Iran’s stockpile of 20 percent-enriched uranium. The sparse attention … Continue reading

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Reading the Iran Military Report Carefully and Between the Lines

By Greg Thielmann Last week the Pentagon delivered to Congress an unclassified report on Iranian military power, containing just enough information to leave its readers yearning for more. Signed on June 29 by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the report also … Continue reading

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Making Lemonade from the Bitter Lemons of Israel’s Nuclear SLCMs

By Greg Thielmann The German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel carried an eye-catching cover story last week on Israel’s secret program to deploy nuclear-tipped cruise missiles on German-built submarines. For more than a decade, outside observers have speculated about whether … Continue reading

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Iranian Ballistic Missile Developments: Non-Barking Dog and Dead Monkey

By Greg Thielmann  Iran’s unsuccessful attempt to launch a Rhesus monkey into space last month merits more mention than it has received in the press thus far, because of what it implies for U.S. nonproliferation objectives. The failure provides two timely … Continue reading

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