The World This Week: Yes, Nuclear Terrorism is a Real Threat

April 03, 2016

Withering states with weakening writs, along with the rise of inequality and anger, imply that humanity has to prepare for the possibility of nuclear terrorism. Terrorism is in the news a lot these days. Beautiful European capitals like Paris and Brussels have been attacked. Historic cities in...

Iran and the US Clash Over Fine Print

April 09, 2015

After reaching a nuclear agreement, Iran and the US clash over details of the accord. Iran and the P5+1 announced a framework agreement for Tehran’s nuclear program on April 2. Ever since, however, there have been heated discussions about the details of the accord. US President Barack Obama...

The Middle East Reacts to the Iran Deal

April 03, 2015

The ripple effects of a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 may instigate geopolitical waves in the Middle East. It appears that after a 12-year impasse, Iran and the P5+1 — the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany — have reached an agreement on key parameters of a...

Are the Russians and Iranians Friends?

January 30, 2015

Despite improvements in bilateral relations, friendship between Moscow and Tehran has so far been limited. After the fourth summit of the Caspian states, held on September 29, 2014, Russian analysts are unanimous in their opinion that relations between Moscow and Tehran are experiencing a...

India’s Nuclear Deals: Are They Workable?

September 15, 2013

The US and Russia have a large stake in India’s nuclear energy pie. Misusing various oppressive and repressive instruments at their command and in brazen disregard of Supreme Court orders, India’s government recently put the Russian Koondankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP, Unit 1) on...

How Dangerous is North Korea Now?

May 08, 2013

By Reshma Patil The new provocations from Pyongyang heighten the risk of a military showdown with the US, South Korea and Japan. China, the only power with sway over the regime, is exercising limited options for peace on the peninsula. An untested 30-year-old dictator declares a ‘state of...

North Korea: A History of Belligerence

May 01, 2013

North Korea’s recent rhetoric is neither new nor surprising. While nuclear weapons in the hands of a volatile and irrational leader are cause for concern, it is unlikely that Pyongyang is on a suicide mission.  The ongoing tensions between North Korea, South Korea and the United...

The Korean Peninsula: Conflict on the Horizon?

May 01, 2013

As tension between North and South Korea continues, an armed conflict, however contained, can potentially wreak havoc in the Korean Peninsula and the wider East Asian region. Background North Korea has continued its policy of aggressive posturing and combative rhetoric under new leader Kim...

Will There Ever be an End to the Iranian Nuclear Dispute?

April 10, 2013

Ambassador Peter Jenkins analyzes the complexities of the Iranian nuclear dispute in light of the recent talks in Kazakhstan and evaluates the chances for progress. Readers who recall that four years ago a new US President seemed eager to defuse the West’s quarrel with Iran over its nuclear...

Basketball Diplomacy in North Korea

March 09, 2013

Cultural diplomacy, not bellicose rhetoric, should begin to define North Korea-US relations. The Harlem Globetrotters basketball team’s recent trip to North Korea should have been hailed as an effective cultural diplomatic venture. This trip was made possible by the official invitation of...

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