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Why it just doesn’t make sense for America to switch to a no-first-use nuclear policy

An American commitment to not using nuclear weapons first unless attacked could not come at a worse time. US must avoid strategic experiments that have uncertain outcomes.

China-Saudi nuclear pact can trigger an arms race in West Asia

Saudi Arabia's acquisition of nuclear capability would draw Turkey and Egypt to join the regional nuclear race, which might turn conflict-torn West Asia even more volatile.
Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

Why India and China haven’t used the ‘N’ word throughout the Ladakh conflict

For avid nuclear analysts, the India-China watch has been rather boring, whereas nuclear noises emanate from Islamabad every time there's a skirmish with Pakistan.
mock-up of the Little Boy nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945 | Wikimedia Commons

NPT turns 50. The first half it lived a lie, the second half it saw its own demise

The Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty was meant to prevent a world catastrophe. Fifty years on, it has done nothing to avert arsenal building.
China's first atomic bomb test, 1964 | Commons

The story of how China tested its first nuclear bomb & called it ‘Miss Qiu’

In the 1964 test, the testing tower was called a ‘dressing table’ and the detonator a ‘braid’. Zhou Enlai was constantly on the hot line.
PM Modi with Army and BSF Jawans in Kashmir in 2017 | @narendramodi/Twitter

In his hyper-nationalistic election speeches, Narendra Modi is writing India’s security doctrine

Modi’s muscle-flexing neutralises India’s efforts to project itself as a responsible nuclear power and lends ammunition to NSG dissenters.
PM Narendra Modi | Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

On nuclear policy, India can’t compromise on security to look good in international books

The argument that India should adhere strictly to its doctrine of no-first-use and recessed deterrence does not hold water any longer.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.