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    John Ashley

    Staff Writer

    John is a senior staff writer for Charged Affairs and was the 2017 YPFP Nuclear Security Fellow. He holds an MA of International Policy degree from the University of Georgia, where his studies concentrated in CBRN nonproliferation, export controls, and international security.

North Korea’s Nuclear Security Blanket

North Korea's nuclear weapons are a major hurdle in any attempt to denuclearize the Korean peninsula due to the perception that they create a security blanket for the Kim regime.

North Korea’s Belated Christmas Present

Kim Jong-un's “new strategic weapon” will be something that he hopes will throw the US and its allies off balance. The lack of diplomatic progress on denuclearization only benefits North Korea, and good faith talks must resume.

Striking a Balance on Korea

As the US continues to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, Washington must balance its priorities between appeals to Pyongyang and maintaining its valuable relationship with Seoul.

North Korea’s Submarines are not yet a Threat

North Korea does not yet have a meaningful submarine nuclear deterrent. However, that does not mean, though, that military planners should ignore it.

Enrichment and the End of the JCPOA

The JCPOA is dying a slow death. The US should try to save the JCPOA, while also thinking about a potential successor agreement based on the central tenets of the NPT and nuclear nonproliferation.

Nuclear Arms Control for US, Russia, and China

Rather than holding out hope for a tripartite agreement with China and Russia, the United States should first build up bilateral arms control relationships with China and Russia individually. This includes renewing New START.

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Of Tweets and Pakistan

The relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been strained since the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Many in the United States were indignant that the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks was hiding inside the borders of a supposed ally. Pakistanis were indignant that the United States conducted a SpecOps…

Hotlines and Deterrence: The Korean Missile Crisis

North Korea will soon become a de facto nuclear power. The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins predicts that it will take only a few more tests of the Hwasong-15 ICBM to verify that the missile can deliver a warhead from North Korea to the continental United States. South Korea and Japan are strengthening their missile…

Fissile Materials Must Be Controlled

On September 14, 2017, the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) hosted a panel with Japanese officials regarding the 47 metric tons of plutonium the Japanese government has stockpiled in the country. One of the panelists, a former US nuclear weapons designer, explained how, contrary to claims by the Japanese nuclear industry, this “civilian” plutonium (Pu-240)…

U.S. Nuclear Modernization will support Global Nonproliferation

Much of the conversation on the improvement of the United States’ nuclear capability centers on its financial cost, rather than the risks of ignoring modernization. The United States has ignored this process for too long. Ready to push the limits of their antiquated arsenals, Russia and China are modernizing while North Korea marches forward toward…

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