Heather Hurlburt, NYMay: Russia Violated an Arms Treaty. Trump Ditched It, Making the Nuclear Threat Even Worse.
Pretty much everyone agrees (well, except the Russians) that Moscow has violated the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, by developing and testing prohibited tactical nuclear missiles since at least 2014. The treaty, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, banned missiles with a range of 310 to 3,420 miles (the range either country would use to hit targets in Europe), and was the first nuclear arms-control treaty to result in missiles actually being removed from service and destroyed. Meanwhile, China, never bound by the treaty, has built up plenty of intermediate-range missiles of its own, deploying a new, more advanced system earlier this year.
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A New Nuclear Arms Race Has Begun — Mikhail Gorbachev, The New York Times
An arms race with Russia? Bring it on — L. Todd Wood, Washington Times
Who profits from the end of the mid-range nuclear treaty? — Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
The crumbling architecture of arms control — Dan Smith’s Blog
Why it could (but shouldn’t) be the end of the arms control era — Lawrence J. Korb, Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists
Trump’s nuclear-treaty withdrawal sends a message to North Korea — Marc Thiessen, FOX News/The Washington Post
Saudi Arabia Is Its Own Worst Enemy — William Wechsler, National Interest
Calls for Saudi arms embargo pit EU values against interests — Robin Emmott, John Irish, and Andrea Shalal, Reuters
Have Palestinians given up on resistance? — Adnan Abu Amer, Al-Monitor
India, Japan joining forces to keep Indian Ocean calm — Bertil Lintner, Asia Times
Trump administration plants US flag in Armenia — Richard Giragosian, Asia Times
Who supports Brazil’s far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro? — Katy Watson, BBC
Why the Mail Bomber Wasn’t Charged With Terrorism — Kathy Gilsinan, The Atlantic
Is Trump Really to Blame for the Recent Rash of Bomb Threats? — Daniel McCarthy, National Interest