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North Korea Targets U.S. And South Korea, Not 'International Community,' With Nukes

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.11.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

North Korea's Kim Jong-un continues his confrontational course. After conducting his nation's fifth nuclear test, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter declared it to be a "direct challenge to the entire international community."

West Should Stop Whining About North Korean Nukes

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.03.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington long has told the rest of the world what to do. But the world usually pays little attention. When ignored, U.S. officials typically talk tougher and louder, with no better result. That describes American policy toward North Korea.

Sanctions Against North Korea Hurt the People Rather Than the Government

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

North Korea has completed its first Korean Workers' Party congress in 36 years. The ruling elite appeared to be getting along fine despite international sanctions. Washington needs to find a new approach toward the North.

Obama Still Has Time for an Anti-Nuke Swan Song

Derek Johnson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Derek Johnson

Seven years ago in Prague, the President boldly put the pursuit of global zero at the top of his foreign policy agenda. It brought new energy to the decades-long struggle to end the nuclear threat, and held all the promise of being a defining moment for a historic presidency. Today, it is a promise unfulfilled.

How to Convince China to Cooperate Against North Korea

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.27.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Severely sanctioning North Korea appears to create enormous benefits for China's rivals but few advantages for China. Why would any rational leadership in Beijing go along with America Washington must make a compelling case to the PRC. The U.S. should begin by pointing out how unstable the current situation is, with an unpredictable, uncontrollable regime dedicated to creating a nuclear arsenal of undetermined size

Iranian Vote Affirms Obama Administration Nuclear Deal

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Iranians recently voted for a new parliament as well as Assembly of Experts, tasked with choosing the successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Moderate reformers did well in both bodies, vindicating the Obama administration's decision to try diplomacy after years of confrontation.

North Korea Ignores 'International Community,' Violates UN Resolution -- Again!

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Yet again Washington is only doing what it has done before. Unfortunately, the same policy will yield the same result as before. It is time to try something different.

Maybe South Korea Needs Its Own Nuclear Weapon

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Four decades ago South Korea's President Park Chung-hee, father of the current president, launched a quest for nuclear weapons. Washington, the South's military protector, applied substantial pressure to kill the program. Today it looks like Park might have been right.

Ignoring North Korea Is Foolish: Time to Try Engagement

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.10.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Under the Obama administration, U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes, and hoping the nuclear monsters will go away. Alas, it hasn't worked.

U.S. Should Engage Rather Than Isolate North Korea

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Under the Obama administration, U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes, and hoping the nuclear monsters will go away. Alas, it hasn't worked.

The Cuban Missile Crisis Explains Why Iran Won't Go to War With Israel

Harvey Simon | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Harvey Simon

Before advocating war with Iran to keep it from getting nuclear weapons, proliferation opponents have a responsibility to explain why these risks cannot be mitigated and defend their assumption that deterrence does not apply in the Middle East.

Cooperating With China to Solve the North Korea 'Problem'

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.01.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Public space is shrinking in China for discussion of "Western" views. But "contrary to the general crackdown, North Korea policy seems to be an exception," a U.S. diplomat told me on my recent trip to China. One hears plenty of criticism of Pyongyang.

The Iran Deal: Steps Toward the Common Good

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

The security establishments of Russia and the United States identify the threat of the spread of weapons of mass destruction as sufficiently serious to compel cooperation despite differences on other matters. Once there is the political support for cooperation the diplomats can exercise their skills successfully.

Greece, Iran, And The Rules Of The Game

John Feffer | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
John Feffer

It's no surprise that the powerful both set the rules and break the rules with impunity. The world system isn't presided over by Miss Manners. For small countries like Greece, there's not much room for maneuver between the regulations of the EU and the general parameters established by globalization. There isn't much room for democracy either, as Greek citizens discovered when they voted in Syriza and attempted to vote out austerity in the more recent referendum. Iran, a larger country that plays a strategic role in the Middle East, has considerably more room for maneuver than does Greece. But it too cannot unilaterally remake the rules of the game. It can only negotiate the best deal it can. In the end, it must open itself up to the kind of inspection regime that more powerful countries would never tolerate.

If Iran Doesn't Meet These 4 Demands, the U.S. Should Walk Away

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, and their delegates have held hours upon hours of meetings over the past two days with one objective in mind: striking a nuclear agreement before June 9 that everyone around the table can live with.

U.S. Should Talk to North Korea's Kim Jong-un

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.26.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Recent events suggest that something unusual is going on in that normally abnormal place. Proposing talks and suggesting rewards would be the best response to an uncertain situation. Someday Pyongyang will change. Engagement is the best way to prepare for that day.

Making a Kosher Deal With Iran

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.25.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

While this might seem overly intrusive, if we are to apply the needs of kosher food verification to Iran's nuclear ambitions, we need to use the strongest means of verification and inspection possible.

Looking Forward, Nuclear Proliferation Is Still Greatest Existential Threat We Face

Valerie Plame Wilson | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Valerie Plame Wilson

Twenty-six years after the end of the Cold War, the world still has more than 15,000 nuclear weapons. Whatever other issues people care about -- poverty, the environment, inequality and so many others -- if we don't get this one right, and soon, nothing else will matter.

Conclude the Nuclear Deal With Iran: Failure Is Not an Option

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Iran has been one of Washington's chief antagonists for nearly four decades. But a broad deal to keep Tehran from building nuclear weapons has been reached. Alas, any accord will face significant opposition. Some Americans -- including many Republican members of Congress--fear peace more than war.

69 Years Later: Still Working to Prevent Another Hiroshima

Will Ossoff | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Will Ossoff

We must remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the clearest illustration of the human costs of nuclear weapons.

Obama and Rouhani Should Meet

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

The Obama administration should use this opportunity to test Tehran's flexibility to agree to a negotiated solution on its nuclear program, one that has the potential to advance America's national security interests in the broader Middle East.

Massive Nonproliferation Program May Expand Nuclear Stockpile

Center For Public Integrity | Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith Center for Public Integrity A multibillion-dollar U.S.-led effort to stem the threat of a terrorist nuclea...

Cooperating With China to Contain North Korea

Donald Gross | Posted 06.07.2013 | World
Donald Gross

As much as some U.S. policymakers and most American experts detest diplomacy with Pyongyang, they now face a pressing issue that has upended their earlier calculations. The U.S. must rely on diplomacy once again.

Valerie Plame Calls For Transparency On Drones

Posted 03.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Valerie Plame Wilson, the former CIA officer who was outed by Robert Novak in a 2003 Washington Post column and was the subject of the movie "Fair Gam...

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Valerie Plame Wilson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Valerie Plame Wilson

2013-03-04-Screenshot20130304at10.30.54AM.jpgYears from now, when the last nuclear bomb is dismantled, it will be because people all over the world had the courage to demand zero.