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A cutout of an Israeli soldier

Israel Is the Wrench in Biden’s Iran Policy

The U.S. president-elect wants to reengage with Iran, but Israel has other plans.

An Agni-III nuclear-capable missile is paraded on Republic Day in New Delhi on Jan. 26, 2009.

Is India Overturning Decades of Nuclear Doctrine?

The country has good reason to want first-strike capabilities. But the actual state of its arsenal suggests that it won’t get them.

A military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing

China’s Nuclear Program Baffled Soviet Intelligence

Declassified documents show how Moscow struggled to understand Beijing’s efforts.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) and U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Moves Closer to Renewing Nuclear Treaty With Russia

But Russian negotiators still haven’t agreed to stepped-up verification of its nuclear warheads, a major sticking point.

Footage of a North Korean military parade seen on television.

North Korea’s Huge New Missile Sends a Message to Washington

In the military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling communist party, Pyongyang showed its claws and sought to bolster domestic support for the regime.

Top U.S. arms negotiator Marshall Billingslea and Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere

U.S. Allies Worry Trump Administration Might Let Key Nuclear Treaty With Russia Die

Internal documents acknowledge concern among allies about the expiration of the Obama-era New START accord, but U.S. negotiators are still playing hardball.

The cooling towers of the Dukovany nuclear power plant are seen during a nuclear accident exercise near Brno, Czech Republic, on March 26, 2013.

The Czech Republic Is Caught in a Nuclear Tug of War

Competition among China, Russia, and the West is taking the form of a battle to build reactors in Eastern Europe.

Young people attend a mass gathering denouncing defectors at the Pyongyang Youth Park Open-Air Theater in Pyongyang on June 6.

North Korea Doesn’t Trust China to Protect It

Pyongyang will never accept the shelter of another power’s nuclear umbrella.

Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams appears as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference on March 31 in Washington. Abrams was chosen to succeed Brian Hook as U.S. Special Representative for Iran this week.

Iran Policy in Holding Pattern Before Elections

The sudden departure of Brian Hook leaves the Trump administration scrambling to snatch some victory after two years of “maximum pressure” on Iran.

The Iranian military launches a missile during a naval exercise on June 18. The Iranian navy successfully tested new short- and long-range cruise missiles, coinciding with a rebound in tension with the United States, which seeks to extend the arms embargo against Iran.

Document of the Week: U.S. Pushes Doomed Iran Resolution at U.N.

Trump’s Iran gambit is sweeping, punitive, and has little chance of success.

An aerial photo shows the explosion over Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after the "Little Boy" atomic bomb was dropped.

The Hiroshima Effect

Seventy-five years after the first nuclear bomb fell, we are grateful it hasn’t happened again, mystified it didn’t, and terrified it still might.

U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing

Trump Wants China on Board With New Arms Control Pact

Obama’s New START arms treaty limited Russian and American nukes. Now, U.S. officials want to rope in Beijing.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft speaks at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Trump Administration Unveils Security Council Resolution Extending Iran Arms Embargo

But the draft has little support among major powers at the U.N., reflecting Washington’s isolation on its Iran policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in Washington on May 8, 2018.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Iran is resuming its enrichment of uranium, Syrian mercenaries are in Libya, and the Taliban are exploiting the coronavirus.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center) presides over a target strike exercise conducted by the special operation forces of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in an undated photo.

North Korea Continues to Flout Trump, Advance Nuclear Ambitions

A U.N. panel concludes that the U.S. president’s outreach to Kim Jong Un has changed little in his behavior. 

An Iranian flag flies in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant during an official ceremony to kick-start work on a second reactor at the facility on Nov. 10, 2019.

Will Iran Follow North Korea’s Path and Ditch the NPT?

As tensions escalate, Iran’s leadership appears to be considering withdrawing from the global nonproliferation framework entirely.

A sign with the radiation warning symbol in front of the construction of the Duga Soviet over-the-horizon radar system near Chernobyl, Ukraine, on Nov. 22, 2018.

Low-Yield Nukes Are a Danger, Not a Deterrent

Deterrence theorists are pushing ideas that have never been tested.

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