Nuclear Weapons

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference at the International Conference on the Legal-International Claims of the Holy Defense in the capital Tehran on February 23, 2021.

Nuclear Sabotage Could Be What Iran Needed

This week’s attack on an Iranian enrichment facility has improved the country’s negotiating position.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the Muni World conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Feb. 14, 2018.

Israel’s Osirak Option

As Netanyahu forms his government, the parallels between the politics that led to a strike on Iraq’s nuclear facility and those that could result in targeting Iran today are clear.

The U.S. and Iranian flags are on stage.

How a U.S.-Iran Deal Helps Red States

Republican districts stand to benefit most from the economic windfall that a revived JCPOA would bring.

Iranian protesters demonstrate outside the Tehran Research Reactor

Europeans Fear Iran Nuclear Window Closing

The Biden administration rebuffed European pleas to lift some sanctions in its first weeks in office.

Then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Making Peace With Iran and North Korea Could Be Good for U.S. Workers

Trump tied American jobs to endless wars in the Middle East. Biden should link them to renewed diplomacy.

Rafael Grossi speaks at an IAEA press conference.

Rafael Grossi Has a Plan to Stop Future Pandemics

The ambitious head of the IAEA is reinventing the nuclear watchdog—though some fear he’s spreading the agency too thin.

A deactivated missile is in a U.S. silo.

It’s Time to Fold America’s Nuclear Umbrella

Using Washington’s nuclear arsenal to protect its allies no longer makes any sense.

U.S. President George H.W. Bush speaks at a press conference in Munich on July 8, 1992.

Why Iran Keeps Quoting George H.W. Bush

As the past president found out, getting Iran to negotiate is hard—especially when it uses your own words against you.

Picture obtained from the Iranian ISNA news agency on Dec. 16, 2009 shows the test-firing at an undisclosed location in Iran of an improved version of the Sejil 2 medium-range missile which the Islamic republic says can reach targets inside Israel.

Iran Is Starting to Want the Bomb

The U.S. maximum pressure campaign accidentally spurred a strategic shift in Tehran.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks in front of the USS Pueblo

A Half-Century Later, Pueblo’s Crew Gets Their Day in Court

A U.S. judge awards $2.3 billion to the crew of the spy ship seized by North Korea and their families.

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, delivers a foreign-policy statement on Iran at Chelsea Piers in New York, on Jan. 7, 2020.

Did Biden Wait Too Long to Engage Iran?

Held back by infighting and hard-liners on the Hill, the administration may have squandered precious time to save the Iran nuclear deal, critics say.

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (L) is greeted upon her arrival in the Blue Room of the White House by U.S. President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat  on Oct. 24, 1970.

Biden Should End U.S. Hypocrisy on Israeli Nukes

For decades, U.S. presidents have pledged not to talk about Israel’s nuclear arsenal despite pushing for nonproliferation in the region. It’s time for Washington to end the double standard.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington, on Jan. 19.

Signaling a New Willingness to Talk, Biden Scrambles to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

The new administration is looking for an interim road map—but insists it won’t be pressured by Tehran’s deadline to halt inspections next week.

A picture taken on Nov. 10, 2019, shows workers on a construction site at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Reviving the Nuclear Deal Gives the U.S. More Leverage Over Iran

Maintaining maximum pressure to inflict more pain won’t bring Tehran back to the negotiating table or halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Richard Ratcliffe, husband of the jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe currently being held in Iran, addresses the press with mother Barbara Ratcliffe and daughter Gabriella Ratcliffe in front of 10 Downing Street on Jan. 23, 2020 in London.

Biden Must Not Ignore Iran’s Human Rights Record

The U.S. government has a long history of pursuing multiple policy goals with adversaries and demanding respect for human rights will not derail nuclear negotiations.

Activists with masks of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump protest against nuclear weapons in Berlin on Nov. 18, 2017.

Biden, Asia, and the Politics of Nuclear Arms Control

To construct a new balance of power in Asia, Washington needs a better approach to nuclear arms.

Peace activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Jan. 29.

STARTing Over, or the End of the Line for Nuclear Arms Control?

The United States and Russia kick a nuclear can down the road.

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