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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 09.09.2015 | 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 09.02.2015 | 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 08.03.2015 | 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 07.24.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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 06.26.2015 | 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 06.25.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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.

Nuclear Disarmament Key to Iran Diplomacy

Ahmad Sadri | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Ahmad Sadri

Obama's return to the discourse of nuclear disarmament earned him a Nobel Peace Prize. Earlier that year the recently elected Presiden went to Prague and sounded a clarion call for a ban on all nuclear testing. Four years has passed and the Prague promise seems to have been forgotten.

Japan's Reassuring Nuclear History

Gregory Kulacki | Posted 10.06.2012 | World
Gregory Kulacki

Increased Japanese transparency about its nuclear history and the public discussion it has triggered should not be a cause for alarm. They are welcome developments that are likely to solidify Japan's long-standing and well-considered opposition to developing nuclear weapons.

Playing Politics With Nuclear Security

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Trimming Cold War arsenals, bringing our nuclear strategy into the 21st century, makes sense. It makes sense for Republicans and Democrats, defense hawks and budget hawks. Politicians trying to score cheap political points do so at the expense of our national security.

Iran: All Options on the Table?

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Jonathan Granoff

As the drumbeats for war on Iran increase, we who espouse effective, security-enhancing, non-military conflict resolution options must not be similarly ignored. It is time that our leaders and our media also put these options on the table.

Obama's Controversial Plan for Nuclear Sanity

Richard Schiffman | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Richard Schiffman

The U.S. rightly wants to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Yet by what right can we ask others to abstain, when we ourselves continue to maintain an arsenal large enough to destroy life on the planet several times over?

9 Countries In the Nuclear Weapons Club

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 03.10.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

Many historians argue that the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a turning point in mankind's history, events that marked the beginning of humanity's ability to instantly self-annihilate.

Kazakhstan's Nuclear Weapons Free Anniversary

Daniel Witt | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Daniel Witt

Kazakhstan is marking a special anniversary. Twenty years ago, the soon-to-be independent Soviet state closed the infamous Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site and provided fresh impetus to the still-incomplete campaign to ban atomic weapons.

Smart Money to Stop Nuclear Terrorism

Joe Cirincione | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

As Congress continues its debates over the national debt and determines national security budget cuts, it should not take the axe to programs that are central to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and material around the world.

Could "Virtual Deterrence" Actually Increase the Chances of Nuclear War?

Russ Wellen | Posted 07.08.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In its inability to signal a true commitment to nuclear disarmament, virtual deterrence is hardly ideal. But it sounds like a step in the right direction, right? Wrong.