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Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"
Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"

Let’s Be Honest About the Iran Nuclear Deal

There are several politically inconvenient realities its detractors and defenders should consider.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is shown on a television screen at a train station in Seoul on Sept. 9.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is shown on a television screen at a train station in Seoul on Sept. 9.

North Korea’s Nuclear Fail-Safe

With a new law, Kim Jong Un takes a page from the Soviet nuclear playbook to ensure payback.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Kim Jong Un Is Putin’s and Xi’s New Best Friend

Pyongyang has abandoned any rapprochement with Washington.

Iranian Basij paramilitary forces take part in a rally marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day near a Shahab-3 missile (background) on a street in Tehran, on Apr. 29.
Iranian Basij paramilitary forces take part in a rally marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day near a Shahab-3 missile (background) on a street in Tehran, on Apr. 29.

A New Iran Deal Won’t Prevent an Iranian Bomb

Tehran’s program is far more advanced than in 2015. Only a credible threat of force will stop the regime from crossing the threshold.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and then-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on June 14, 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and then-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on June 14, 2019.

How Beijing Benefits From a New Iran Deal

The nuclear agreement could unleash Chinese activity in the Gulf and complicate U.S. goals in the Indo-Pacific.

Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, holds a press conference at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, on March 1, 2021.
Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, holds a press conference at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, on March 1, 2021.

Rafael Grossi Is the Last Man Standing For Nonproliferation

Despite pressure from various sides, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency won’t let Iran off the hook.

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) attends a press conference with Josep Borell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (L) at the foreign ministry in Iran's capital Tehran on June 25.
Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) attends a press conference with Josep Borell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (L) at the foreign ministry in Iran's capital Tehran on June 25.

Who Benefits From a New Iran Deal?

A revival of the nuclear deal might only delay an Iranian bomb—but it could help the West deal with the looming winter energy crisis.

Victory parade in Moscow
Victory parade in Moscow
The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.
The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.

Russia and Iran Threats Put Missile Defense Back on the Agenda

In Europe and the Middle East, plans for missile defense are a mixed blessing.

Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, leader of Myanmar’s junta, attends a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of Martyrs’ Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018.
Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, leader of Myanmar’s junta, attends a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of Martyrs’ Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018.

The Built-In Brutality of Myanmar’s Military

Ignoring what everyone else thinks is part of the junta’s mindset.

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout

We Cannot Risk Another Bout With Viktor Bout

I oversaw the U.S. effort to capture the Russian arms dealer. Here’s what Joe Biden should know before trading him away.

Amir-Abdollahian and Bagheri Kani face each while in conversation.
Amir-Abdollahian and Bagheri Kani face each while in conversation.

Raisi’s Inept Negotiators Are Sinking Iran Deal Talks

The incompetence of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his team is partly responsible for the current impasse.

A mushroom cloud after the explosion of an atomic bomb in the Pacific Ocean in 1971.
A mushroom cloud after the explosion of an atomic bomb in the Pacific Ocean in 1971.

Our Nuclear Fatalism Must End

The upcoming Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference is the time to tackle it.

A woman walks past a television screen showing a news broadcast with footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 20, after North Korea hinted it could resume nuclear and long-range weapons tests.
A woman walks past a television screen showing a news broadcast with footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 20, after North Korea hinted it could resume nuclear and long-range weapons tests.

Does Anyone Still Understand the ‘Security Dilemma’?

A bit of classic IR theory goes a long way toward explaining vexing global problems.

A man wearing a nuclear biological protection suit
A man wearing a nuclear biological protection suit

Why You Shouldn’t Use Conditioner After a Nuclear Attack

Individuals can only do so much if the worst happens—but the government’s response is a mystery by design.

An Iranian man looks at exchange rates in Tehran on June 15.
An Iranian man looks at exchange rates in Tehran on June 15.

Iran Stands to Lose the Most if the Nuclear Deal Isn’t Revived

Resistance and endurance are pointless if diplomatic and economic opportunities are not seized when they arise.

Members of the Yansakai vigilante group bring their weapons into the Zamfara State Government house as they members surrendered more than 500 guns on Dec. 3, 2019.
Members of the Yansakai vigilante group bring their weapons into the Zamfara State Government house as they members surrendered more than 500 guns on Dec. 3, 2019.

Arming Civilians in Northern Nigeria Is a Bad Idea

Zamfara state’s decision to provide weapons to untrained individuals could lead to more small-arms proliferation and widespread violence.

A woman watches a television screen.
A woman watches a television screen.
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