Debates over the value of arms control agreement often center on the issue of verification -- can you be sure that cheating will be detected? The verification system to be put in place under the CTBT, however, has been unfairly maligned by those who oppose the treaty of philosophical grounds.
Next week, John Kerry will present his first Country Reports on Terrorism as Secretary of State. Will Cuba be on the list? The answer depends on which John Kerry will sign the report.
There are crises where the end point can be seen and generally agreed by both sides but the path to that point seems difficult, perhaps impossible. And then there are crises with no agreed end point or route to resolution. These are the most dangerous crises.
WASHINGTON--In Washington, D.C. today, the White House was taken over by North Korean terrorists. With the help of a rogue Secret Service agent, the P...
As long as China continues to feed, clothe, and arm regimes like North Korea and Iran, the world will face these kinds of destabilizing nuclear-tipped crises. This is the time for China to stand up so that North Korea (and Iran) will stand down.
When Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed genocide from 1975 to 1978, which ultimately took 2 million lives, the U.S. government was slow to allow relief ...
You know me -- I love all of God's children. Unless of course, they're threatening to nuke my country -- to which, I take great offense.
The old guys in charge always make me so mad/
They say I'm too young and not tough like my Dad
If war were to break out, the presumed influx of refugees into Russia could create a humanitarian crisis and a burdensome price tag for the Kremlin -- just as it would for China. Russia is similarly vulnerable to any radiation that may blow from the peninsula on to Russian territory.
This was a workmanlike episode, Mad Men moving some plot elements further into place, another chapter in Matt Weiner's novel for television, with some deft direction from series star Jon Hamm.
Syria, North Korea, and Iran. Intractable, entrenched destructive conflicts like these typically reject out of hand strong-arm attempts pressing for peace and stability. Peace does sometimes emerge out of long-term conflicts, and one path is through the power of powerlessness.
The "Pivot to Asia" was a perfectly understandable exercise by the world's remaining superpower as it watched the dramatic growth of China. But for the fact that the exercise belonged to a bygone age.
Iran must know that until it rejects the false seductions of nuclear security, for us, all options but one must remain on the table. But Iranians should also be assured that we do not expect them to endure a nuclear double standard forever until the end of time.
Before you take your next steps to deal with the Korean situation reflect on Cold War history of American reaction to our perception of a powerful threat.
Had you been able to time-travel back to the Cold War era to inform Americans that, in the future, our major enemies would be in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Libya, and so on, they would surely have thought you mad (or lucky indeed).
If we act calmly and sensibly, we can easily defuse the current crisis. North Korea is looking for respect, not war. It's time to talk, to lower the heat, and to avoid a confrontation or the imposition of impossible or humiliating demands.