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Lynn Rusten of the Nuclear Threat Initiative in conversation with Joe Cirincione. Early Warning with Matt Korda of the Federation of American Scientists.

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Release Date: 08/27/2019

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Lynn Rusten, Vice President of the Global Nuclear Policy Program at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss the history of arms control between the United States and Russia, and how the Trump administration's actions have put the New START treaty in danger. Michelle Dover hosts Early Warning with Ploughshares Fund Roger L. Hale Fellow Catherine Killough and Matt Korda, Research Associate at the Federation of American Scientists. Also, Michelle Dover and Joe Cirincione answer a question from Henry about US-North Korea relations.

Matt Korda on recent US missile launch: https://fas.org/blogs/security/2019/08/sundays-us-missile-launch-explained/

NOAA on nuking hurricanes: https://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/C5c.html

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