Project on Nuclear Issues

A Collection of Papers from the 2015 Conference Series


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The PONI conference series was created to provide a forum for facilitating new and innovative thinking on how to address the evolving role of nuclear weapons in international security and to gather people from across the policy and technical communities to discuss key issues. The 2015 conference series included regional conferences at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The best presentations from these regional conferences were invited to the Capstone Conference, held at U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base. This volume collects those papers. Spanning a wide range of technical and policy issues, the selected papers are meant to contribute to the literature on the nuclear endeavor.

Journal Table of Contents
21st Century Nuclear Arms Control: A Framework for the Next Generation of Treaty Negotiations... and Treaty Negotiators
Justin Anderson and Darci McDonald

Going Monadic? Debating the future of France's Forces Aériennes Stratégiques
Nicolas Giacometti

Reducing the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal: Current Plans and Challenges to Implementation
Greg Terryn

Reexamining Proliferation Drivers in the Middle East
Evan Thompson

From Terrorism to Nuclear War: The Escalation Ladder in South Asia
Elizabeth Whitfield

An Overview of Hydrodynamic Testing, Challenges, and Advancements in Underwriting a State's Nuclear Stockpile
Paul Willis-Patel

Sarah Minot Asrar