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Plans to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system, Eagle Eye

Plans to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system

Recent issues surrounding the Astute class submarines of the Royal Navy have wide implications for Scotland. Firstly, twenty-five miles west of Glasgow, in Argyle and Bute, four Vanguard class submarines store the entirety of Britain’s nuclear capacity. The submarines were built and introduced in the 1990s, following the end of the Cold War; their launch [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 26 November 2012 at 2:44 pm

Iran, Israel, Gandalf and the bomb, Notebook

Iran, Israel, Gandalf and the bomb

Sometimes fantasy makes more sense than fiction. When looking at the latest developments in the diplomatic standoff between Iran and several Western nations, the words of Gandalf in that epic Lord of The Rings trailer spring to mind. “The board is set”, murmured the White Wizard. “The pieces are moving”.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 18 June 2012 at 3:08 pm

How do you solve a problem like Korea?, The Foreign Desk

How do you solve a problem like Korea?

There are three things worth bearing in mind about North Korea:
1. Never believe media reports about the “crazy” and “irrational” North Korean leader. Kim Jong Il  might be bad and dangerous but he is not mad.
2. North Korea is not about to get rid of its nuclear weapons, because they are perceived by Pyongyang as guaranteeing [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 28 July 2011 at 6:20 pm

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