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Iran Nuclear Weapons

U.S. Missile Defense Program Costly, Unreliable, And Exempt From Oversight, Report Finds

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Congress is currently considering expanding the U.S. national missile defense system, despite the fact that -- nearly 15 years after the Bush administration began deploying it -- it has not been demonstrated to work under real-world conditions and is not on a path to do so.

The Iran Deal: One Year Later, The Facts Point To Success

John Tierney | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
John Tierney

The Iran Deal is working, plain and simple. It's not a perfect accord (few diplomatic agreements are), but it's the best option to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon -- by a long shot.

What You Don't Know About Cyberwar Could Kill You, Warns Zero Days

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

What if someone infiltrated our nuclear command and control so that if we pushed the button, nothing happened? Or if something did happen even without our pushing the button? What if Pakistan did this to India, or India to Pakistan?

Volleyball in Iran: A litmus test for women's rights

James Dorsey | Posted 06.24.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey An international volleyball tournament in the Iranian capital has thrown into sharp relief a debate in international sporting asso...

Obama After Hiroshima: From Words to Action

William Hartung | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama's visit to Hiroshima this morning was a piece of history. He rose to the occasion in his remarks, speaking not only of the need to eliminate nuclear weapons but also questioning the institution of war itself, all with a clear focus on the devastating human consequences of armed conflict.

Guns and Bombs - America's Shame, Then and Now

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The scale of risk is quite different from home to planet, but the frame of mind is identical. A safer home is an armed home. A safer world is an armed world. Neither assertion is true. In both cases, tragic collateral damage is inevitable - a question of when, not if.

If You Hate Trump's Foreign Policy, Wait Until You See Ted Cruz's

William Hartung | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

From his assertion that he would use carpet bombing and see if "sand can glow in the dark" in the fight against ISIS to his pledge to mindlessly lavish 4 percent of our Gross Domestic Product on the Pentagon, Cruz is arguably even more reckless than Donald Trump.

U.S. Torpedoing the Nuclear Deal Will Reaffirm Iran's Distrust

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

If the United States acts with ill intent and makes it difficult for Iran to receive the benefits it is due under the deal, then years of diplomacy will be undone and a zero-sum mentality will once again take hold between the two countries -- with disastrous consequences for the region.

Iran Defiles the Words "Never Again" in the Washington Post

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I read something today from Iran that truly jolted me. That says a lot because one would think that a Jewish American is already inured to the never-e...

Why President Obama Is Visiting a Different Saudi Arabia This Time

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 04.20.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

In March 2014, President Obama visited the late King Abdullah. At the time, the ailing monarch's health condition was suffering, and the same applied to the otherwise extremely healthy Saudi-U.S. relations.

Obama in the Gulf: Opportunity in Troubled Relations

James Dorsey | Posted 04.18.2016 | World
James Dorsey

President Barak Obama has a challenge and an opportunity when he meets this week first with Saudi King Salman and then with the leaders of the six Gulf states. His challenge is to manage increasingly fundamentally diverging policy differences.

How North Korea Got Its "Made in China" Nukes

Peter Navarro | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION REAL CLEAR DEFENSE The wild child of North Korea - Dictator-in-Chief Kim Jong-un - has overseen four nuclear tests to ...

Mr. Trump at AIPAC: The Art of the Spiel

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It's not that Trump is just dangerously ignorant about foreign policy. It's that his witlessness is lathered with an unprecedented degree of narcissistic prejudice and unbalanced hubris.

Donald Doesn't Know Jack About Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Before Donald repeats his claims at the annual AIPAC conference next week, maybe he should talk to some people who know a good security deal when they see one: Israel's military and intelligence leaders.

On National Security, GOP Candidates Aren't Very Good With the Facts

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Trump, Cruz, and Rubio (and Kasich) want to show the American people that they would be wise stewards of America's foreign relations. And yet whenever foreign policy is discussed in these debates, they hurt themselves as soon as they open up their mouths.

Meeting the Tea Party in Tehran

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 02.25.2016 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

It wouldn't be an Iranian election without an American interjection. As Iranians head to the polls on Friday for parliamentary elections, three Republican congressmen have taken it upon themselves to seek visas from Iran to serve as election monitors.

Grants on Steroids

Michelle Dover | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact
Michelle Dover

Foundations are not built to respond quickly to policy problems that suddenly find public and political traction: immigration, humanitarian crises, vi...

The Other Bomb: Pakistan's Dangerous Nuclear Strategy

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

Successful test of the Hatf-5B Pakistan ballistic missile In recent years the concern over nuclear proliferation has centered on Iran's ongoing effor...

Beware A Newly Confident Iran

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

Some recent media portrayals of Saudi Arabia as a reckless and foolish local player in the Middle East are not only misguided; they are also outdated.

Obama Leaves a Legacy, Rouhani Kickstarts Presidency

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Negar Mortazavi

President Obama will be out of office soon. These last victories will soon become legacies of an American leader who chose peace over war. President Rouhani, however, is just getting started.

The Middle East: China Venturing Into the Maelstrom

James Dorsey | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
James Dorsey

CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jingping has effectively acknowledged that increasingly China will be unable to remain aloof to multiple crises in the Middle Eas...

Cautious Optimism Over Iran Nuclear Deal

Tom Mockaitis | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics
Tom Mockaitis

Like it or not, a country the size of Iran, which is enmeshed in several regional crises, can neither be ignored nor forced into submission without disastrous consequences.

Opponents of Iran Nuclear Deal Just Won't Quit

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

Days after reports that Iran has dismantled one of the most dangerous parts of its program by removing the core of its heavy-water reactor in Arak and filling it with cement, Republicans are mounting a new attempt to kill the agreement that has already made the world much safer.

Saudi Arabia Uses Soccer to Isolate Iran

James Dorsey | Posted 01.11.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia is using soccer and its influence in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to expand its campaign to isolate Iran, complicate Iran's return to the international fold in the wake of the nuclear agreement, strengthen Iranian hardliners in advance of next month's crucial elections in the Islamic republic, and deflect attention from mounting criticism of the kingdom's human rights record.

Saudi Arabia's Act of Strategic Defiance

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

As Saudi Arabia is fighting a proxy war against Iran in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, it is determined not to allow Iran free regional reign. By creating the crisis, Saudi Arabia also hopes to disrupt the warming relations between Iran and the U.S., which it views as contrary to its interests. In addition, Saudi Arabia hopes to undermine the EU's drive for rapprochement with Iran, as it otherwise has the potential of becoming the largest trading partner with the EU.