Geopolitics Decanted by Silverado

Nuclear Weapons: Iran, North Korea and Have We Lost the Nonproliferation Fight?

Episode Summary

Dmitri Alperovitch (@DAlperovitch) talks about nuclear nonproliferation with Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk), Director of East Asia Nonproliferation Project at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey. Topics discussed include: - What is the latest status of the Iran nuclear deal negotiations? - What are the key objections to JCPOA? - What does Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei truly want? - Why has Iran already beaten all world records at the longest time to acquiring a nuclear bomb? - How significant is the benefit of a nuclear weapons program to countries like Iran and North Korea? - Did we forever miss the opportunity to contain nuclear proliferation in the 70s-90s with a lax enforcement regime? - 16 years after North Korea first tested a nuclear device, is it time to acknowledge that North Korea is not going to give up its weapons and refocus our diplomatic strategy with them on more achievable objectives? - And much more...

Episode Notes

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