Weapons

Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, speaks to the media about the agency’s monitoring of the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna on May 24.

Is Iran Bluffing About Its Enriched Uranium Stockpile?

Tehran’s numbers don’t add up. They seem to be exaggerated to pressure Biden for sanctions relief.

Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid chat.

Will Bennett Ditch Netanyahu’s Approach to the Iran Deal?

The Israeli prime minister seems to be charting a new course aimed at reducing tensions with the Biden administration in advance of a White House visit.

California sign says nuclear-free zone

The Global Networks Working to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

A web of treaties, agreements, and nonprofits is dedicated to curbing nukes. Some hope to get rid of them altogether.

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi smiles as he greets media representatives during his first press conference in Tehran.

Iran Nuclear Talks Stalled While U.S. Waits for Raisi

Hopes for a fast deal—or any deal at all—are fading.

Central African and Russian political figures meet in Bangui, Central African Republic

Russian Mercenaries in Africa Aren’t Just There for the Money

Moscow’s geopolitical moves are driving murderous private actors.

Performers dressed as soldiers dance in front of a screen showing rockets being launched during a mass gala marking the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party on June 28 at the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, China.

Does Beijing’s Belligerent Birthday Party Herald a New Arms Race?

The Chinese Communist Party’s anniversary celebration is taking place amid a nuclear buildup.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un listens to US President Donald Trump (not pictured) during a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. (

North Korea Needs the Bomb to Protect Itself From America

Pyongyang isn’t crazy, just focused on a credible threat.

Sailors move an X-47B combat drone aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean on May 14, 2013.

Killer Flying Robots Are Here. What Do We Do Now?

A new generation of AI-enabled drones could be used to terrible ends by rogue states, criminal groups, and psychopaths.

A Pakistani soldier stands guard on a post near the Line of Control in Poonch district of Pakistani-administered Kashmir on April 26.

Drone Strike Blasts Open a New Front in the Kashmir Dispute

A possible attack from Pakistan represents a new form of escalation.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meets with retiring commander of CENTCOM Gen. Tommy Franks (left) in Tampa, Florida, on July 7, 2003.

Donald Rumsfeld Freed the World From ‘Mutual Assured Destruction’

His thinking on arms control proved prescient—but the howls reverberate to this day.

China's DF-41 nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles are seen during a military parade at Tiananmen Square.

China Is Radically Expanding Its Nuclear Missile Silos

With more weapons likely, it’s time to go back to arms talks.

An aerial display of J-10 fighter jets of China’s People’s Liberation.

The World Doesn’t Want Beijing’s Fighter Jets

Snazzy weapons mean a lot less if you don’t have friends.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a welcoming ceremony.

Can Biden Solve the North Korea Puzzle?

Biden opened the door for talks with Kim Jong Un, but Pyongyang is playing hard to get.

Swiss President Guy Parmelin (C) leads U.S. President Joe Biden (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet media during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart, Putin, for the first time as president in Geneva, Switzerland.

Was the Biden-Putin Summit a Success?

The White House set clear red lines on cyberwar, but don’t expect much progress in the months to come.

Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi

Why Raisi Is the West’s Best Hope for a Deal With Iran

Hard-liners would never accept an agreement signed by a moderate—but they’ll fall into line if it comes from one of their own.

U.S. President Joe Biden prepares to shake hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Biden Looks for a New, New START

But the Kremlin is driving a hard bargain for a new arms control deal.

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi addresses his first press conference.

Iran-U.S. Nuclear Talks on a Hair Trigger

Tehran’s new hard-line regime still wants a deal. But even restoring the old agreement is now impossible.

An Iranian woman walks past banners of ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran, on June 17.

Khamenei Wants a Nuclear Deal Before Rouhani Leaves

Blame will go to the departing president while praise will go to his handpicked successor.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts missiles.

Israel’s Iron Dome Won’t Last Forever

The recent war in Gaza exposes the limits of a key pillar of the country’s defense strategy.

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