Progress Made In UN Talks On Syria, Nuclear Weapons

United Nations Talks Produce Progress On Two Fronts Progress was made at the United Nations when the US and Russia agreed to text of an agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons. Potentially, a vote of the Security Council could take place today and inspections of Syrian weapons stocks could start by Tuesday.

If Syria fails to comply, the draft says the Security Council would need to adopt a second resolution to impose possible military and other actions on Damascus.

The United Nations discussed eliminating nuclear weapons during the first-ever talks of the General Assembly solely devoted to this issue.

General Assembly Holds Key Nuclear Talks
“Today’s historic high-level meeting provides an opportunity to honor the vision of the Millennium Declaration and to renew our commitment to a world free of fear,” General Assembly President John Ashe said, who called on Iran and North Korea, in particular, to take positive steps.

“We can make significant progress – to advancing the agenda before us and to creating a world that honors what we all truly value: security, prosperity and peace and human well-being.”

On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met during the meeting marking the first high-level engagement between US and Iranian officials in decades.

Harvard Paper Addresses Best Practices In Nuclear Security
A new paper from Harvard University by William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, examines how “best practices” can be used to make advancements in nuclear security.

Are IEDs Ever An Ethical Alternative On The Battlefield

David Small of Defense One makes the case that they are not.

“If international law only really applies to state actors, some argue it is obsolete when applied to asymmetric warfare. Therefore, the answer to the question of whether an IED could ever be considered an ethical weapon in war is, theoretically, it depends. However, in practicality, the answer is no,” Small writes.

 

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