For Iran, Negotiations Aren’t Optional
With its economy in trouble, Tehran will have to talk to Washington. But the next administration shouldn’t rush things.
Arm Taiwan—but Skip the Nukes
As the military balance of power shifts in China’s favor, Beijing may be increasingly tempted to act against Taiwan.
Why North Korea Needs Its Nukes
Washington speaks of deterrence when it comes to Pyongyang, but Kim would never strike unless attacked first.
Forget the Book. Bolton’s Legacy Is a Nuclear Arms Race.
Why Bolton will be one of the most negative influences on U.S. security policy for decades to come.
Trump Fixates on China as Nuclear Arms Pact Nears Expiration
The administration insists any future START treaty has to include Beijing as well as Moscow, but experts say there is almost no chance China will agree.
If Trump Hates Obama’s Nuclear Deal, Why Is He Letting Up on Iran?
Iran is stockpiling enriched uranium and may soon receive advanced weapons from Russia. Trump has an easy way to tighten the screws.
China’s Nuclear Arms Are a Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery
Beijing's plans to build new missiles, expand anti-satellite capabilities and increase nuclear material production far above civilian needs have the world guessing.
Low-Yield Nukes Are a Danger, Not a Deterrent
Deterrence theorists are pushing ideas that have never been tested.
Trump’s Penny-Pinching Dooms His Korean Diplomacy
The U.S. president stumbled into rare success with Pyongyang. Now he’s screwing it up.
Kim Jong Un’s Warning for Trump
With a deadline for restarting nuclear talks looming, North Korea ups the ante on the United States.
New U.S. Missiles in Asia Could Increase the North Korean Nuclear Threat
After withdrawing from the INF Treaty, U.S. officials have been worrying about Beijing, but as Washington starts to deploy previously banned missiles in the Pacific, the real risk will come from Pyongyang.
The United States’ Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Weapons Are Dangerously Entangled
New evidence from the Yom Kippur War shows how such knots can lead to nuclear annihilation.
Trump Is More Vulnerable Than Ever to Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Extortion
Trump’s growing impulsiveness and unilateral decision-making may signal to Kim that he can get precisely what he wants.
Blast From the Past
Forty years ago, a U.S. satellite detected the telltale signs of a nuclear explosion. An analysis of the evidence today points to a clandestine nuclear test, a Carter administration cover-up, and only one country that was willing and able to carry it out: Israel.
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.
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.
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.
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