While I am certainly not a North Korean expert and have not even graduated from my master’s program yet, I am the only nuclear policy person that many of my friends and family know so, understandably, I will typically get questions like this: “Ok, so I just saw the news about that last North Korean … Continue reading North Korea….. What is going on with that?
So I am playing with my new account on Google Earth Engine and made a quick time-lapse video of the new reactor facility in the UAE. It has fairly low resolution but its cool to see it spring into existence as the years tick by. Click here for video link
Why Bioterrorism Could Start the Zombie Apocalypse Bioterrorism has been relatively minor in relation to CBRN terrorism throughout history, this could all change with the creation of a zombie virus. Appropriately suited for groups seeking to instigate the apocalypse, the zombie virus would be the ideal weapon to cause mass casualties… meaning everyone. … Continue reading My Zombie Memo
Hello! Reporting back in now that the Fall semester is underway. I am taking a class this semester titled "The Evolution of Chinese Nuclear Policy," in which we have been looking at the path China took to develop nuclear weapons (and delivery systems). Typically we will start with a US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) and … Continue reading Finally, Reality Matches the NIE
It is a weird feeling to complete something that you had looked to with such anticipation for so long. I have worked to make sure I could attend the NPT PrepCom since my first semester of graduate school (yes I know, it really hasn't been that long since I started MIIS, but honestly a lot … Continue reading Finally made it to the NPT PrepCom
I am not sure if I was just spoiled at MIIS, but I had the impression that coming to the Agency would put me in the midst of a relative safe-haven of nuclear nerds. Little did I know, I was going to quickly identify myself as the nuclear nerd within my first week in the … Continue reading Ok, Maybe Not Everyone Makes Reactor Jokes
Recently I was able to attend a panel discussion at the VCDNP on the prospects of this year’s Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Commission meeting that will begin in May here in Vienna. One of my professors was actually moderating the panel and opened the discussions with some interesting albeit sobering questions. In many cases, he highlighted … Continue reading The NPT’s Broken Record