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A U.S. Navy sailor walks past an MK 41 pad on the USS Chafee (DDG-90), anchored at a South Korean naval port in Donghae.

Putin’s Fixation With an Old-School U.S. Missile Launcher

Russia says the Pentagon’s European missile defense isn’t so defensive after all. Does it have a point?

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani arrives in Vienna.

How Close Is Iran to Getting a Nuclear Weapon?

Why Tehran’s breakout time has shrunk—and the technological hurdles that remain.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani leaves nuclear talks in Vienna on Dec. 3.

The Biden Team Knows Its Iran Policy Is Failing

Tehran’s march toward the bomb has been enabled by the administration’s refusal to impose consequences.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S President Joe Biden during their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva on June 16, 2021.

Biden Set for Putin Call to Ease Ukraine Standoff

The United States is demanding that Russia roll back more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s border.

Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani attends talks.

A Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Iran Deal

The eighth round of nuclear talks kicks off this week in Vienna, with U.S. officials saying Iran has only weeks to play ball.

People stand at the Monument to the Conquerors of Space on top of the National Cosmonautics museum in Moscow on Nov. 17.

Why Russia Tested Its Anti-Satellite Weapon

If regulation of space weapons is coming, Putin wants to be ahead of the pack.

Representatives of the European Union and Iran sit at a long table in front of various flags.

The Iran Nuclear Deal’s Long Year of Negotiations and Uncertainty

2021 saw a change in Iran’s government and on-again, off-again nuclear talks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks to a meeting with then-U.S. President Donald Trump in the Korean Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019.

A Decade of the Kim Jong Un Doctrine

The North Korean dictator is just as brutal as his predecessors—but has instrumentalized that brutality to new ends.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system (left) intercepts rockets fired by the Hamas movement toward southern Israel from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on May 14.

Will 2022 Bring More War and Chaos?

2021 has been a lesson in the limits of U.S. foreign policy.

A passenger arriving from South Africa is tested for COVID-19 at Schiphol airport on Dec. 2 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The World Is Starting to Doubt Biden’s Promise That ‘America Is Back’

From omicron restrictions to the Iran deal and the democracy summit, Washington is making questionable calls that don’t inspire confidence in U.S. leadership.

Foreign diplomats look across the DMZ into North Korea.

The Life of Diplomats in North Korea

Internal U.N. documents detail the burden foreign envoys face from sanctions and a stiflingly controlling government in Pyongyang.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is seen prior to his meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on October 6, 2021. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran’s New Top Diplomats Are a Problem

Tehran needs to restore the nuclear deal—but the Raisi administration’s officials aren’t up for the job.

U.S. soldiers offload from a helicopter in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Military Isn’t Ready to Confront China

Two decades of counterinsurgency didn’t do it any favors.

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi (C) gestures during his swearing in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in Tehran on Aug. 5.

U.S. Policymakers Are Misreading Iran

Ebrahim Raisi needs a deal. Military threats from Washington would derail any remaining hopes of achieving one.

U.S. President Joe Biden listens to the speakers during the World Leaders' Summit "Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment" session on day three of COP26 on Nov. 2, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Will COP26 Solve Anything?

Climate apocalypse still looms while world leaders haggle over haggis in Glasgow.

Then-Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) speaks with other participants at the Iran nuclear talks on Apr. 27, 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

The Threat of War Is the Only Way to Achieve Peace With Iran

Tehran no longer takes Washington seriously. To revive the nuclear deal, the threat of military escalation needs to be on the table.

Military vehicles carry China's DF-41 nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Oct. 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Will China’s New Missile Lead to Escalation or Stability?

Beijing’s FOBS delivery system could provoke an arms race—or a more stable deterrence relationship.

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