Trump’s Poison Pills Are Still Toxic
Whether it’s Iran, China, Cuba, or immigration, U.S. President Joe Biden often finds himself stymied by his predecessor’s foreign policy.
What Happened to Europe’s Public Bunkers?
As bombs fall on Ukraine, many European governments are waking up to the sorry state of their own civil defenses.
Why Washington Should Take Russian Nuclear Threats Seriously
Historically, states have escalated when facing the prospect of imminent defeat—and Putin has a track record of following through on his threats.
North Korea’s Tactical Nuclear Plans Are a Dangerous Proposition
Lowering the threshold for usage makes conflict even more likely.
Does the New U.S. National Defense Strategy Make Any Sense?
The Pentagon is scrambling to deter China while adjusting to war in Europe—but does its new approach amount to more than just rhetoric?
The Little Iran Nuclear Deal That Couldn’t
A revived nuclear pact could benefit Washington and Tehran but is proving a hard sell.
How to Avoid the Dark Ages of Arms Control
There are two possible pathways after Ukraine. One of them is harrowing.
NATO Intervention in Ukraine Won’t Spark World War III
A Western aversion to casualties and fears of Russian nuclear use are impeding NATO intervention against a vastly inferior opponent.
The United States’ Clueless Diplomacy Won’t Stop a Nuclear Iran
A new nuclear deal will strengthen the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps without derailing the regime’s long-term ambitions.
Putin’s Brutal War Shows the Dilemmas of Nuclear Deterrence
Powerful threats could too easily become real disasters.
Putin’s War Is a Death Blow to Nuclear Nonproliferation
Russia has shown that an attacker with nuclear arms is fundamentally safe.
A New Nuclear Arms Race Is a Real Possibility
History suggests the war in Ukraine could put an end to arms control as we know it.
Would Putin Use Nuclear Weapons?
The urge to do more to help Ukraine is running up against concerns over nuclear escalation with Russia.
Russia’s ‘Eleventh-Hour’ Interference in the Iran Deal
Moscow is seeking to use the Iran deal to shield itself from the full effect of Western sanctions.
We Need to Talk About Nuclear Weapons Again
Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats plunge the West into a debate it’s not ready for.
Putin’s War Has Middle Eastern Countries Hedging Their Bets
Washington’s security guarantees now seem worth even less.
Is Putin Resurrecting the Balance of Terror?
His talk of nuclear “combat” is terrifying—but it could also reawaken the world to much-needed arms control.
Europeans Are Terrified of Putin’s Nuclear Button
Across Western Europe, people are taking the Russian president’s threats very seriously.
U.S. Shutters Embassy in Minsk as Belarus Backs Putin’s War
The State Department also authorizes nonessential personnel to leave the embassy in Moscow if they choose.