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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.

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.

A tunnel under London is built to accommodate those sheltering from air raids.
A tunnel under London is built to accommodate those sheltering from air raids.

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.

A column of Russia's Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launchers at Red Square in Moscow, on May 9, 2012, during a Victory Day parade.
A column of Russia's Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launchers at Red Square in Moscow, on May 9, 2012, during a Victory Day parade.

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.

People watch a TV news program reporting on North Korea test-firing a weapon.
People watch a TV news program reporting on North Korea test-firing a weapon.

North Korea’s Tactical Nuclear Plans Are a Dangerous Proposition

Lowering the threshold for usage makes conflict even more likely.

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft on board the USS Ronald Reagan  aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore on Oct. 16, 2019.
U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore on Oct. 16, 2019.

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?

An Iranian flag flies next to a ground-to-ground Sejjil missile at an undisclosed location in Iran.
An Iranian flag flies next to a ground-to-ground Sejjil missile at an undisclosed location in Iran.

The Little Iran Nuclear Deal That Couldn’t

A revived nuclear pact could benefit Washington and Tehran but is proving a hard sell.

Activists march with an inflatable globe during a demonstration against nuclear weapons in Berlin on Nov. 18, 2017.
Activists march with an inflatable globe during a demonstration against nuclear weapons in Berlin on Nov. 18, 2017.

How to Avoid the Dark Ages of Arms Control

There are two possible pathways after Ukraine. One of them is harrowing.

Russian Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles drive through Red Square during the nation's Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2009 in commemoration of the end of World War II.
Russian Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles drive through Red Square during the nation's Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2009 in commemoration of the end of World War II.

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.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, speaks to the press in front of  the Palais Coburg in Vienna on Dec. 27, 2021.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, speaks to the press in front of the Palais Coburg in Vienna on Dec. 27, 2021.

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.

Firefighters sit amid debris in the area of a research institute, part of Ukraine's National Academy of Sciences, after a strike by drones, in northwestern Kyiv.
Firefighters sit amid debris in the area of a research institute, part of Ukraine's National Academy of Sciences, after a strike by drones, in northwestern Kyiv.
Intercontinental ballistic missile launchers and an armored vehicle are seen during a military parade in Red Square in Moscow on June 24, 2020.
Intercontinental ballistic missile launchers and an armored vehicle are seen during a military parade in Red Square in Moscow on June 24, 2020.

Putin’s War Is a Death Blow to Nuclear Nonproliferation

Russia has shown that an attacker with nuclear arms is fundamentally safe.

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gives hand to U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in front of the American embassy of Vienna June 3, 1961.
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gives hand to U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in front of the American embassy of Vienna June 3, 1961.

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.

A Russian nuclear missile rolls along Red Square during a military parade
A Russian nuclear missile rolls along Red Square during a military parade

Would Putin Use Nuclear Weapons?

The urge to do more to help Ukraine is running up against concerns over nuclear escalation with Russia.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

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.

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, 2021.
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, 2021.

We Need to Talk About Nuclear Weapons Again

Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats plunge the West into a debate it’s not ready for.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

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.

Vladimir Putin watches the launch of a missile during military exercises in the Barents Sea on August 17, 2005.
Vladimir Putin watches the launch of a missile during military exercises in the Barents Sea on August 17, 2005.

Europeans Are Terrified of Putin’s Nuclear Button

Across Western Europe, people are taking the Russian president’s threats very seriously.

United States national flag flies behind white concrete embassy building.
United States national flag flies behind white concrete embassy building.

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.

A man looks at paperwork on a desk presented by a poll worker.
A man looks at paperwork on a desk presented by a poll worker.

Belarus Vote to Amend Constitution Worries NATO

The changes, certain to pass, will let Russia house nuclear weapons on Belarusian soil.

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