The Administration has given the Syrian opposition more than six hundred and fifty million dollars in nonmilitary aid, but Obama has consistently opposed arming the rebels or intervening militarily on their behalf. The United States has taken a tenuous position: not deep enough to please the rebels or its allies in Europe, or to topple the regime, or to claim leadership in the war's aftermath—but also, perhaps most important, not so deep that it can't get out.
Writing for the Washington Post, Nicholas Eberstadt argues that for all of its many weaknesses, North Korea employs a coherent and consistent strategy for nuclear negotiations.
This New York Times article by William J. Broad, John Markoff and David E. Sanger examines the development and impact of the Stuxnet computer worm in undermining Iran's nuclear program.
Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz explain how, "The damage done by rogue Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan's network show that nations must put aside their individual interests to stop proliferation."
In the gap between Washington's and Jerusalem's views of Iran lies the question: who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes nuclear, and how? As Washington and Jerusalem study each other intensely, here's an inside look at the strategic calculations on both sides--and at how, if things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike will unfold.
Paul Kerr and Mary Beth Nikitin of Congressional Research Service examines the motivations behind Pakistan's nuclear program and the direction it's moving toward.
Analysts Paul K. Kerr and Mary Beth Nikitin of the Congressional Research Service discuss the extent to which ongoing instability in Pakistan has called recent nuclear weapons-related reforms into question.
John Isaacs examines the congressional politics surrounding President Obama's pledge to secure a global ban on nuclear testing.
A combination of intellectual rigor, technical sophistication, hard work, and intelligence gathering brought China into the world's nuclear club in record-shattering time.
Dealing with Iran and its nuclear program will be an urgent priority for the next president
A new report by the independent, U.S.-based Pakistan Policy Working Group says Pakistan may be the single greatest challenge facing the next president and makes recommendations for strengthening U.S. policy toward Pakistan.
Nathan Robb, a political analyst at the Consulate General of Japan in New York, writes about the discussions between South Korean, Japanese, and American envoys on North Korean nuclear affairs. Japan has reservations about negotiating with the North Koreans when they have not acknowledged the abduction of dozens of Japanese civilians from 1979 to 1983.
The article discusses Rudy Giuliani's foreign policy stance quoting the candidate's leading neoconservative foreign policy advisor, Norman Podhoretz.
This article examines Congress' search for a new nuclear policy.
CSIS conducted a survey of key policymakers to ascertain their perceptions about the threat of biological weapons.
Bernard Lewis argues that the logic of mutually assured destruction will not work with a nuclear-armed Iran.
Judith Miller looks at the process leading up to Libya's abandonment of its WMD programs.
Judith Miller argues that Libya's surrender of WMD was the result of a combination of U.S. intelligence, diplomacy, and the use of force in Iraq.
Iran, emboldened by the situation in Iraq and soaring oil prices, and animated by a combination of insecurity and assertive nationalism, insists on its right to develop full nuclear fuel cycle capability, including the ability to enrich uranium. Two possible scenarios remain, however, for a negotiated compromise. The first, and unquestionably more attractive for the international community, is a "zero enrichment" option. The second is the "delayed limited enrichment" plan spelt out in this report.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
An authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help. More
A groundbreaking analysis of what the changes in American energy mean for the economy, national security, and the environment. More