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A close-up of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's head
A close-up of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's head

Pyongyang’s Not Picking Up the Phone

Seoul and Washington have pledged they’re ready to talk with a nuclear-testing North Korea—but they’re not getting any response.

A member of the U.S. Air Force looks on near a Patriot missile battery at the Prince Sultan Air Base in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia on Feb. 20, 2020.
A member of the U.S. Air Force looks on near a Patriot missile battery at the Prince Sultan Air Base in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia on Feb. 20, 2020.

U.S. Aid to Saudi Arabia on Missile Defense Is Not Unconditional 

Biden must make it clear to Saudi leaders that continued ballistic missile cooperation with China will jeopardize U.S. missile defense assistance.

The Grohnde nuclear power plant
The Grohnde nuclear power plant

Germany Confronts Its Nuclear Demons

Opposition to all things nuclear was the bedrock of the modern German political psyche. Then came Russia’s war in Ukraine.

People walk past a television screen showing Kim Jong Un speaking in front of a bank of microphones.
People walk past a television screen showing Kim Jong Un speaking in front of a bank of microphones.

Ending North Korea’s Isolation Is the Only Solution Left

It’s time to consider what’s never been tried before.

Mushroom cloud from operation UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE Nevada in 1953
Mushroom cloud from operation UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE Nevada in 1953

Learning to Think Nuclearly Again

A new nuclear era demands strategy, not just arms control.

American and Iranian flags, with a man removing the Iranian one
American and Iranian flags, with a man removing the Iranian one

America’s Iran Follies

How two decades of misjudgments by Washington helped lead Tehran to the nuclear brink.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Nigerien Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou in Istanbul on Dec. 18, 2021.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Nigerien Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou in Istanbul on Dec. 18, 2021.

Turkey’s Newest African Ally

Ankara’s arms sales to Niger could make the country the center of counterterrorism efforts in the Sahel.

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 bullet-riddled Ukrainian national flag flies in Malyn, Ukraine, on May 4.
A bullet-riddled Ukrainian national flag flies in Malyn, Ukraine, on May 4.

What’s the Endgame in Ukraine?

As Washington prepares to send another $40 billion in military aid and Europe seeks a Russian oil embargo, the West’s ultimate goal is still unclear.

Serbian Army soldiers fire artillery on the eve of Serbia's Statehood Day in Belgrade on Feb. 14.
Serbian Army soldiers fire artillery on the eve of Serbia's Statehood Day in Belgrade on Feb. 14.

Serbia’s Arms Deals Show It’s Tilting Away From Russia and Toward China

Belgrade’s purchase of FK-3 air defense systems from Beijing marks a shift in Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s diplomatic and defense 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.

Employees unload a plane carrying new U.S. security assistance provided to Ukraine, at Kyiv's Boryspil airport on Jan. 25.
Employees unload a plane carrying new U.S. security assistance provided to Ukraine, at Kyiv's Boryspil airport on Jan. 25.

Don’t Turn Ukraine Into the Next Syria or Libya

By flooding the country with arms and foreign fighters, Western leaders could be paving the way for future conflicts.

Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29 lands in front of Military police officers at Graf Ignatievo airbase near Plovdiv on Feb. 21.
Bulgarian Air Force MiG-29 lands in front of Military police officers at Graf Ignatievo airbase near Plovdiv on Feb. 21.

The Right Way to Arm Ukraine

There has been too much cheerleading and too little attention to detail when it comes to giving Kyiv the weapons it needs.

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.

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