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Snapshot,
Benedetta Berti

Over the past few weeks, any talk of Israel redeploying from the Gaza Strip has been met with public calls for continued military operations to defeat and disarm Hamas. But, these days, it seems that Israel is focusing on a more realistic exit strategy. That is a good thing.

Essay, JUL/AUG 2014
Barry Blechman and Russell Rumbaugh

U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe had little military value during the Cold War and they have even less today. Instead of giving these aging weapons a costly upgrade, Washington should begin phasing them out.

Snapshot,
Denise Garcia

Robots that are programmed to kill could soon escape science fiction and become reality. Given the strategic, moral, and legal questions that such killer robots raise, it is up to the United States to lead the international effort to ban them.

Snapshot,
Elbridge Colby

Russia’s march on Crimea might top the United States’ list of issues with its onetime foe. But it is hardly the whole list. Rather, Washington apparently believes that Moscow has also been busy violating the INF, a pact between the two banning the use of certain types of nuclear and conventionally armed missiles. This is no minor matter.

Postscript,
Robert Jervis

The debate over the merits of the interim nuclear agreement with Iran should turn on whether enhanced sanctions could break Iran’s will, if not lead to regime change. If that possibility seams remote, then the interim agreement and what is likely to follow will be good deals in an imperfect world.

Snapshot,
Gary Samore

It might seem surprising that last week's negotiations with Iran stumbled over a lawyerly question about the Islamic Republic's right to enrich uranium. But there's much more at stake than than just legal semantics. Iran's alleged nuclear right has always been a shorthand for the real issue in the dispute.

Snapshot,
Sohail H. Hashmi and Jon Western

Some opponents of a strike in Syria contend that the norm against chemical weapons is pointless, since they generally produce far fewer fatalities than conventional arms. But chemical weapons, like nuclear and biological ones, are concerning primarily because they make discrimination between civilians and fighters impossible.

Review Essay, Jul/Aug 2013
John Delury

A new book offers useful insights into the North Korean mindset, but it overlooks the regime's durability and the reformist bent of its new leader, Kim Jong-un. The regime is here to stay, and the United States should pursue more peaceful relations.

Snapshot,
Joseph Cirincione

After making steady progress on nuclear weapons in the first two years of his presidency, Obama stalled after Republicans waged a fierce battle against ratifying the New START treaty. Recent speeches -- and Obama's picks for secretary of state and secretary of defense -- indicate that he is ready to resume the fight.

Essay, Mar/Apr 2013
Husain Haqqani

Instead of continuing their endless battling, the United States and Pakistan should acknowledge that their interests simply do not converge enough to make them strong partners. Giving up the fiction of an alliance would free up Washington to explore new ways of achieving its goals in South Asia. And it would allow Islamabad to finally pursue its regional ambitions -- which would either succeed once and for all or, more likely, teach Pakistani officials the limitations of their country’s power.

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