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The Seoul Nuclear Summit

Obama has emerged as champion of securing vulnerable nuclear materials. Two years after his Washington summit on this arcane but important matter, leaders are descending on South Korea to track progress and fashion goals for the future.

If Israel Attacks

As things stand, if Iran continues on its path toward obtaining the bomb, Israel will strike, and the consequences would be disastrous for the entire world. Here's how America can convince Israel to live with a nuclear Iran.

War From Cyberspace

As Obama appoints Howard A. Schmidt to a new cybersecurity post, former cyberczar Richard Clarke shows America is the most vulnerable country in the world.

Nuclear Abolition, A Reverie

The hope that we might one day rid the world of nuclear weapons is as old as the technology itself. Atomic destruction has always seemed too great a risk to bear. Yet a nuclear-free world is nothing but a dream—world government, a Praetorian Guard

Russia Goes Ballistic

Russia will surpass U.S. nuclear capabilities within two decades if trends continue. America’s strategic force is a cold-war relic, and while Washington’s weapons break down, Moscow is making bombers and missiles that are newer and deadlier.

Arm Wrestling

As Russia and the United States break the armistice, will China play referee?

Commentary

North Korea's Chemical Shop of Horrors

And you thought Syria was scary.

The Case for India's Nuclear Weapons

The bomb has made India safer.

The Coming Nuclear War with...the Soviet Union?

Our nuclear forces are as ready as ever to keep the USSR in line.

Blogs

Why We Exaggerate Dangers

Playing up foreign threats is a time-honored Washington tradition, but its policy consequences shouldn't be ignored.

Questions about Nuclear Weapons

How inertia and a slavish devotion to the status quo dictate America's nuclear-weapons policy.

What Ends Nuclear Weapons Programs

The neocons are wrong. Sanctions and diplomacy—not the threat of force—induce leaders to give up nukes.

Books & Reviews

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying

From the bikini to the doomsday clock, with the advent of nuclear weapons everything around us seemed to change. Contrarian political scientist John Mueller takes issue with this conventional view of the Atomic Age.

I Say NATO, You Say No NATO

Will France call the whole thing off?

Books: Some Unconventional Wisdom

A review of The J Curve by Ian Bremmer and Winning the Un-War by Charles Peña.  Two authors turn their critical, discerning eye on the foibles of U.S. counter-terror and nation-building strategy. Just one offers a constructive course

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April 23, 2014