Weapons

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks in front of the USS Pueblo

A Half-Century Later, Pueblo’s Crew Gets Their Day in Court

A U.S. judge awards $2.3 billion to the crew of the spy ship seized by North Korea and their families.

An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft flies by during a training mission at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2015.

Biden Must Base Arms Sales on U.S. Interests—Not U.S. Jobs

Exporting advanced weapons systems to the Middle East will create very few jobs at home. Washington must base its decisions on national security strategy rather than domestic politics.

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, delivers a foreign-policy statement on Iran at Chelsea Piers in New York, on Jan. 7, 2020.

Did Biden Wait Too Long to Engage Iran?

Held back by infighting and hard-liners on the Hill, the administration may have squandered precious time to save the Iran nuclear deal, critics say.

Indian Air Force Tejas fighter jets perform at the Aero India air show at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangaluru, on Feb. 3.

How Did India Manage to Build an Advanced Fighter Jet Like the Tejas?

When it comes to sensitive industries like defense, democracy and the rule of law do matter.

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (L) is greeted upon her arrival in the Blue Room of the White House by U.S. President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat  on Oct. 24, 1970.

Biden Should End U.S. Hypocrisy on Israeli Nukes

For decades, U.S. presidents have pledged not to talk about Israel’s nuclear arsenal despite pushing for nonproliferation in the region. It’s time for Washington to end the double standard.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington, on Jan. 19.

Signaling a New Willingness to Talk, Biden Scrambles to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

The new administration is looking for an interim road map—but insists it won’t be pressured by Tehran’s deadline to halt inspections next week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018.

America’s India Problem Is All About Russia

Forget U.S. sanctions over arms deals. Indian-Russian alignment is in Washington’s best interest.

A picture taken on Nov. 10, 2019, shows workers on a construction site at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Reviving the Nuclear Deal Gives the U.S. More Leverage Over Iran

Maintaining maximum pressure to inflict more pain won’t bring Tehran back to the negotiating table or halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Richard Ratcliffe, husband of the jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe currently being held in Iran, addresses the press with mother Barbara Ratcliffe and daughter Gabriella Ratcliffe in front of 10 Downing Street on Jan. 23, 2020 in London.

Biden Must Not Ignore Iran’s Human Rights Record

The U.S. government has a long history of pursuing multiple policy goals with adversaries and demanding respect for human rights will not derail nuclear negotiations.

Activists with masks of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump protest against nuclear weapons in Berlin on Nov. 18, 2017.

Biden, Asia, and the Politics of Nuclear Arms Control

To construct a new balance of power in Asia, Washington needs a better approach to nuclear arms.

Peace 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.

STARTing Over, or the End of the Line for Nuclear Arms Control?

The United States and Russia kick a nuclear can down the road.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the White House in Washington on Jan. 26.

Congress Will Make It Tough for Biden on Iran

Biden’s nominees will face trouble in the Senate unless they prove they learned the lessons of the failed 2015 nuclear agreement.

Rob Malley, former U.S. negotiator during the Iran nuclear program negotiations and current president and CEO of the International Crisis Group

Biden Taps Obama Administration Diplomat as New Iran Envoy

Robert Malley, who has faced sharp criticisms from Republican lawmakers, will be tasked with trying to get Iran back to the negotiating table on its nuclear program.

An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask walks past a mural painted on the outer walls of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, on Dec. 30, 2020.

What a New Iran Nuclear Deal Really Requires

To get Washington’s Gulf partners on board, Biden needs an actual strategy for protecting them and ways to make them contribute to it.

U.S. President George H.W. Bush (L) addresses delegations of the Middle East Peace Conference as Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev listens,on October 30, 1991, during the opening ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain.

Biden Has a Model for Dealing With Regional Fears of Iranian Missiles and Proxies

The Arms Control and Regional Security working group convened after the 1991 Madrid peace conference failed, but it offers important lessons for today.

A man watches a television screen showing news footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 8th Congress of the ruling Workers' Party, held in Pyongyang, at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 6.

North Korea’s New Sub Missile Is First Step Toward a New ICBM

Parading a new submarine-launched missile made a big buzz in North Korea. The real buzz is what it could mean for Pyongyang’s nuclear deterrent.

A staff member positions an Iranian flag on a stage after a group picture during the Iran nuclear talks at Vienna International Centre in Austria on July 14, 2015.

With Iran, Biden Can’t Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good

Why any new agreement would likely be worse than resuscitating the existing deal.

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