The Struggle for Iran’s Soul

An unplanned handshake between Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and President Barack Obama has triggered a battle between reformists and hard-line opponents keen on sabotaging the nascent rapprochement with the United States.

Shadow Government

Obama’s Sanctions Flip-Flop

Now that the deal is signed, the president has a whole new pitch on how unilateral sanctions can keep Tehran in line.


Report: Iran Will Be Allowed to Inspect Controversial Nuke Site

The agreement seeks to resolve outstanding questions over nuclear research carried out at Parchin.


Magical Thinking and the Real Power of Hiroshima

A few thoughts on the psychological effect and utility of nuclear weapons.


Forget Congress. Can Rouhani Sell the Nuclear Deal in Tehran?

President Hassan Rouhani is riding a wave of popularity, and is seeking to transform his diplomatic victory into political leverage at home.


Out of the Mushroom Cloud’s Shadow

The generation that survived Hiroshima is dying off. Will Japan’s resistance to nuclear weapons disappear with it?

The Cable

Watch Live: Obama Sells Nuclear Deal With Iran

The president delivers a major address about the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Shadow Government

The Iran Deal Isn’t Anything Like Nixon Going to China

Analogies, Sigmund Freud once wrote, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home. President Obama is explicitly comparing his diplomatic triumph with ...

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