Nuclear Weapons

Then-Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) speaks with other participants at the Iran nuclear talks on Apr. 27, 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

The Threat of War Is the Only Way to Achieve Peace With Iran

Tehran no longer takes Washington seriously. To revive the nuclear deal, the threat of military escalation needs to be on the table.

Military vehicles carry China's DF-41 nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Oct. 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Will China’s New Missile Lead to Escalation or Stability?

Beijing’s FOBS delivery system could provoke an arms race—or a more stable deterrence relationship.

Performers dressed as soldiers perform in front of a screen showing rockets being launched during a mass gala marking the 100th anniversary of Chinese the Communist Party in Beijing on June 28.

China’s Orbital Bombardment System Is Big, Bad News—but Not a Breakthrough

An attempt to evade missile defenses threatens to worsen a costly arms race.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14.

Israel Needs Weapons to Stop Iran’s Bomb

Jerusalem needs help from Washington to prevail in a terrible conflict.

A.Q. Khan funeral procession

How Pakistan’s A.Q. Khan Helped North Korea Get the Bomb

Islamabad and Pyongyang exchanged technology, cash, and expertise.

Two men sit behind a sign on a table that reads "Iran, Islamic Republic of."

The View From Iran: What the Raisi Administration Wants in the Nuclear Talks

President Ebrahim Raisi doesn’t consider reviving the nuclear deal a top priority.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

Iran Seeks to Fill a Middle East Power Vacuum

The United States and Israel worry the “Afghanistan effect” allows Tehran to covertly pursue nuclear capability.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the U.N.

Separate the Iran Deal From Regional Security Negotiations

U.S. allies have already taken the initiative on regional issues. Insisting on a package deal could permanently derail nuclear talks.

North Korean missile launch

New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability

The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.

Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz (left) and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

Israel Can Live With a New Iran Nuclear Deal, Defense Minister Says

But Benny Gantz also threatens military action if Tehran develops nukes.

South Koreans walk past replicas of missiles at the Korean War Memorial.

Talk of a Nuclear Deterrent in South Korea

North Korea’s resumed activity at Yongbyon has reawakened calls for Seoul to go nuclear.

Military vehicles carry China's DF-41 nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles.

How Finding China’s Nuclear Sites Upset Pro-Beijing Trolls

Online propaganda doesn’t help solve China’s nuclear dilemmas

Raisi at a press conference in Tehran.

How to Make Iran Trust a New Nuclear Deal

Even if Washington can’t provide a guarantee that future administrations will maintain the deal, there are other ways to bridge the gap.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

The Real Lessons of the Trump-Kim Love Letters

What the 27 mostly unpublished missives tell us about the future of U.S.-North Korean diplomacy.

The Mercer Street, an oil products tanker, is shown off the Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, on Aug. 3.

How Iran’s Deadly Tanker Attack Is Linked to the Nuclear Deal

Not responding to a drone attack off Oman could actually impair progress on a deal.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Plutonium Pits Are a Critical Obstacle in U.S. Nuclear Plans

Modernization programs need to be realistic—and may be unnecessary.

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