nuclear weapons

Indian government forces stand guard in the deserted city center of Srinagar on Aug. 15.

Why Indians and Pakistanis Want a War

Most South Asians are too young to have experienced the horrors of the conflicts fought in the region. That’s one reason why they’re quick to clamor for one.

A man uses binoculars to view the border with Israel on Sept. 2 at the "Garden of Iran" Park, which was built by the Iranian government, in the southern Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras.

How to Make a Lasting Deal With Iran

Maximum pressure won’t make Tehran capitulate. Letting it enhance its conventional military capabilities could convince it to rein in proxies and curb its nuclear and missile programs.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, shake hands during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Feb. 19.

China’s Great Game in Iran

Tehran needs a friend. Beijing may be a dangerous one.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly at Moscow's Manezh Central Exhibition Hall for his state of the union address on March 1, 2018.

Is Russia’s Doomsday Missile Fake News?

Experts are skeptical that Moscow has the money or technical know-how to field Putin’s promised arsenal.

A container ship unloads its cargo from Asia at the Long Beach port in California on Aug. 1.

Our Top Weekend Reads

The U.S.-China trade war reignites, the Fed takes bold action, and a U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty comes to an end.

Russian soldiers sit on the launcher of a Tochka-M (Point-M) short-range missile at the military training ground outside of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on Oct. 5, 2005.

The INF Treaty Is Dead, and Russia Is the Biggest Loser

In a future arms race between Beijing, Moscow, and Washington, the Kremlin will never be able to keep up.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan sign a landmark treaty eliminating U.S. and Soviet intermediate-range and shorter-range nuke missiles in Washington in December 1987.

What Does the Demise of the INF Treaty Mean for Nuclear Arms Control?

Trump’s exit from the U.S.-Russia treaty, which officially takes effect Friday, raises questions about whether the era of arms control is ending—or being reinvented.

Document of the Week: When Sweden Wanted Nukes

A 1963 U.S. intelligence assessment underscores how many countries—even Sweden—were exploring nuclear weapons programs at the height of the Cold War.

South Koreans in Seoul watch a television broadcast reporting a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping on March 28.

From Pariah to Pawn

Trump helped make Kim Jong Un a global statesman. Now China is using him to antagonize the United States.

A Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons poster from the 1980s.

Nuclear Disarmament’s Lessons for Climate Change.

If we can ban nukes, we can ban carbon emissions. Here’s how.

Document of the Week: How JFK Tried to Stop Nuclear Proliferation

When a U.S. president threatened to cut support for Israel over nukes.

President Donald J. Trump announces the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal in Washington on May 8, 2018.

There Is No Check on Trump’s Rage Going Nuclear

An angry, entitled man has total control over devastating weapons.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a cabinet meeting in Tehran on April 24.

Rouhani’s Warning to Trump

The Iranian president’s remarks about the future of the Iran nuclear deal.

Sen. Richard Lugar speaks with reporters outside the Senate chamber in Washington on Dec. 15, 2010.

Nunn on Lugar: The Nation Needs Him More Than Ever

Richard Lugar’s legacy could come undone as the world enters a nuclear hair-trigger period, his former Senate partner warns.

Russia's MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jets carrying hypersonic Kinzhal missiles fly over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018. (Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s New Missiles Are Aimed at the U.S.

But Moscow’s hypersonic weapons may be more bark than bite.

A protestor aims a gun at an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Quetta, Pakistan on March 1. (Bananas Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

This week, India and Pakistan faced off in Kashmir, and Trump left Hanoi empty-handed.

An activist with a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump marches with a model of a nuclear rocket during a demonstration against nuclear weapons on Nov. 18, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Trump Accidentally Just Triggered Global Nuclear Proliferation

Before the United States killed it, the INF Treaty didn’t just stem the arms race with Russia—it stopped the spread of nuclear weapons around the world.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands before attending a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on July 16, 2018. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Once Wanted to Negotiate With Russia Over Nukes. Then Mueller Happened.

The U.S. president might be too hemmed in by the Russia probe to attempt a successor to the INF or START treaties.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing in the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images)

The INF Treaty Is Dead. Is New START Next?

Experts worry about a new arms race after U.S. withdrawal from nuclear pact.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un  in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump to Hold Second Meeting With North Korea’s Kim Next Month

The U.S. president will press his counterpart for more tangible commitments to dismantle nuclear weapons.

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