South Asian Outlook
JUNE 2016 Issue
Analysis by Ramesh Jaura - IDN-InDepthNews
Despite President Barack Obama’s call for a "world without nuclear weapons" during his ‘historic’ visit to Hiroshima, the city where the first ever atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, causing over 140,000 casualties, the United States is nowhere close to prohibiting nuclear weapons.
“Nuclear War with Russia is Entirely Possible in the Next Year
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts - Global Research
It is not only American generals who are irresponsible and declare on the basis of no evidence whatsoever that “Russia is an existential threat to the United States” and also to the Baltic states, Poland, Georgia, Ukraine, and all of Europe. British generals. also participate in the warmongering. UK retired general and former NATO commander Sir Richard Shirreff, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe until 2014, has just declared that nuclear war with Russia is “entirely possible” within the year.
By Jonathan Manthorpe - iPolitics
The nightmare of nuclear annihilation was supposed to have disappeared with the collapse of the Soviet Union 25 years ago. But as the new Canadian government begins a review of defence policy, the threat landscape is looking depressingly familiar.
Of Ranks And Scores In Nuclear Security
By Rabia Akhtar
IPCS (Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies) | Eurasia Review
In the foreword of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Index 2016, Sam Nunn, NTI Co-Chairman and CEO, asked an important question in the context of the last Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) held in Washington, DC: “Without the high-level attention and impetus provided by the summits and with so many competing priorities in a deeply unsettled world, can governments remain focused on the need to tighten nuclear materials security?”
By Pervez Hoodbhoy, Zia Mian
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The armies of Pakistan and India are practicing for nuclear war on the battlefield: Pakistan is rehearsing the use of nuclear weapons, while India trains to fight on despite such use and subsequently escalate. What were once mere ideas and scenarios dreamed up by hawkish military planners and nuclear strategists have become starkly visible capabilities and commitments. When the time comes, policy makers and people on both sides will expect—and perhaps demand—that the Bomb be used.
By Jamshed Baruah - IDN-InDepth News
The powerful message of a joint statement by diverse faith groups, calling for abolition of nuclear weapons, has been strongly backed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s reaction to President Barack Obama’s decision to visit Hiroshima on May 27.
By Priyanka Mogul
International Business Times
A declassified State Department report has noted that India was in a position to develop nuclear weapons as early as 1964. The report was among a number of others to be published on 18 May by the National Security Archive and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project.
By Omar Lamrani – Stratfor
Space is becoming more congested, contested and competitive. Since the Soviet Union put the first satellite, Sputnik I, into space in 1957, no nation has deliberately destroyed another's satellite in orbit. But there is a growing possibility that battles may soon be waged in space.
Analysis – Stratfor
As the investigation into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 continues and searchers begin to find evidence, the jihadist world has been strangely silent. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft early May 19 and we are now nearly outside the timeframe in which jihadist groups have ordinarily taken credit for attacks. The one obvious explanation for this is that a catastrophic mechanical or electrical failure brought down the aircraft rather than a bomb, but given all of the indications that point to an attack, it is worth exploring the lack of a claim of responsibility and what that means for attributing the cause of the crash.