| Vladimir Putin is Trying to Play Nuclear Poker; the Problem is Donald Trump Doesn't Know the Rules
The nuclear threat is now greater than at any time since the 1980s. While the number of nuclear warheads in the world is continuing its slow decline, both Russia and America have been investing heavily in modernizing their weapons and delivery systems. In the White House will soon be a famously irascible man who is also famously ignorant about nukes. In the Kremlin is the first Russian leader since Nikita Khrushchev to put the use of nuclear weapons on the table (paywall), and who has reveled in provoking Europe, sowing carnage in the Middle East, and destabilizing the US political process. What's scary is that of the two men, Vladimir Putin is the rational one. It's surely no accident that Putin spoke publicly about upgrading Russia's nuclear arsenal the day before his annual marathon press conference: Clearly, he wanted to be asked about it with the whole world watching. What was unexpected was that Donald Trump reacted by tweeting that the US "must greatly strengthen and expand its