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Jacques E. C. Hymans

Many have warned that even if a Iran accepts a nuclear deal, it will continue to develop nuclear weapons in secret. In reality, however, Iran simply doesn't have the capability to build the bomb without getting caught.

Fumio Kishida

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, offering a unique opportunity to forward Japan's vision for a nuclear-free world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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