TOP NEWS On the Radar: Situational awareness and strategic stability CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues Democrats’ report faults Rick Perry’s role in talks about nuclear sales to Saudis Politico Top U.S. envoy to North Korea to attend ASEAN forum, as speculation of sideline talks grows Japan Times U.S. Nuclear Policy Democrats’ report faults Rick Perry’s role in talks about nuclear sales to Saudis Politico7/29/19 Energy Secretary Rick Perry and DOE officials have met regularly with executives from a consulting firm with close ties to the Trump administration seeking to sell civil nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. Trump ally, ex-military brass sought Saudi funds for nuclear plants Wall Street Journal7/29/19 Tom Barrack, an equity investor and a close ally of President Trump, sought Saudi government funding in a bid to buy ailing U.S. nuclear reactor builder Westinghouse, according to a House report that reveals new details of an effort to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to the oil-rich kingdom. Europe Mysterious radiation cloud over Europe traced to secret Russian nuclear accident Live Science7/29/19 A vast cloud of nuclear radiation that spread over continental Europe in 2017 has been traced to an unacknowledged nuclear accident in southern Russia, according to an international team of scientists. Middle East New UK government signals continued support for Iran nuclear deal Al-Monitor7/29/19 The new UK government led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed continued support for the Iran nuclear deal at a crisis meeting of international powers trying to save the 2015 accord. East Asia Top U.S. envoy to North Korea to attend ASEAN forum, as speculation of sideline talks grows Japan Times7/30/19 The U.S. special envoy to North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will join Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Thai capital for meetings on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum this week. China’s Xi promised funding for bridge connections in North Korea, reports say 38 North7/30/19 During his June visit to North Korea, Xi promised that China would fund facilities on the North Korean side of the bridge border between southwestern Dandong and fund work on the Hwanggumpyong Southern Economic Zone. Opinion/Analysis/Commentary Janne Nolan: Nuclear pragmatist War on the RocksBrian Radzinsky 7/30/19 Janne Nolan, a leading voice on nuclear policy for decades, has died. Dear China, we have to talk about your nukes Foreign PolicyRobert A. Manning 7/30/19 The United States and Russia can’t maintain the global system of nuclear deterrence on their own anymore. Calming the Persian Gulf: The experts on resolving the US-Iran standoff Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists7/29/19 Top experts from a variety of countries offer their best and most realistic advice on how the US-Iran impasse might be broken. Special Interest On the Radar: Situational awareness and strategic stability CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues7/30/19 CSIS PONI is proud to announce the release of our new microsite, On the Radar! The site explores how emerging technologies are transforming strategic situational awareness with potential implications for nuclear stability, and features content written by senior experts and next-gen scholars alike.