March 27, 2023


Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor-at-large at The Diplomat. Follow him on Twitter at @nktpnd.


Why North Korea’s ‘radioactive tsunami’ weapon may just be a bluff

New undersea drone has major flaws that make it unworthy of serious investment, but it can still send message to US

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaMarch 27, 2023

North Korea’s new silo-based missile raises risk of prompt preemptive strikes

Silos enable regime to launch tactical nuclear weapons at moment’s notice, further complicating US-ROK military planning

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaMarch 21, 2023

Why the US might not actually try to shoot down a North Korean ICBM over Pacific

US likely to attempt interception only if missile poses a threat, but full-range tests still raise miscalculation risks

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaMarch 15, 2023

How North Korea’s submarine-launched cruise missiles ratchet up risk of conflict

Stealth advantages of sea-launched weapons could push US and ROK toward preemption, while DPRK bets on deterrence effect

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaMarch 13, 2023

North Korea’s solid-fuel missile salvo sends clear message to US, ROK

First-of-its-kind exercise underscores difficulty of preemption as DPRK diversifies the forms of its missile launches

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaMarch 10, 2023

New simulator drives home human toll of nuclear conflict with North Korea

While nominally a game, ‘Nuclear War Simulator’ realistically depicts DPRK attack scenarios and what’s at stake

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaMarch 2, 2023

Why it may not matter if North Korea’s missiles can survive atmospheric reentry

Some doubt DPRK reentry vehicles would work as intended, but nuclear deterrence can be effective despite uncertainties

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaFebruary 22, 2023

North Korea’s latest ICBM launch signals new phase of long-range missile drills

Military reportedly launched Hwasong-15 on short notice, as DPRK shifts focus from development to operational exercises

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaFebruary 20, 2023

By parading more missiles, North Korea flaunts ability to saturate US defenses

Quantity of ICBMs renders interception highly unfeasible and pushes US to accept relationship of mutual deterrence

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaFebruary 9, 2023

North Korea places tactical nukes front and center with New Year’s Day launch

DPRK seeks to make KN-25 the backbone of its tactical nuclear forces, though the weapon likely can’t play that role yet

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaJanuary 1, 2023
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