The nuclear fuel-swap agreement announced in Tehran put the United States in a bind. Contrary to its sponsors' intentions, it will not improve confidence between the United States and Iran, writes CFR's Michael Levi.
It is not yet clear whether a Brazil-brokered deal will complicate or help resolve the crisis over Iran's nuclear program. CFR's Matias Spektor says either way a newly assertive Brazil is likely to remain a lead player in diplomacy on this issue.
Yesterday's dueling speeches at the UN suggest a continued impasse on Iran's nuclear program, says CFR's Ray Takeyh. And Iranian politics make that unlikely to change anytime soon.
Daniel Schäfer asks whether mid-range family owned businesses and industries in Germany that have an interest in trading with Iran undermine western efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic.
As a new round of U.N. sanctions against Iran is taking shape, the latest developments in Russia-Iran relations caught the world's attention.
The U.S. Defense secretary's memo is a reminder that the White House needs more effective policies to counter Iran's nuclear progress, says CFR President Richard Haass.
President Obama's Washington summit has spurred progress on global cooperation in securing nuclear materials from theft and has asserted U.S. leadership on a vital issue, says CFR's Paul Stares.
Last week, the Obama administration began to unveil its new nuclear strategy. We asked six former U.S. foreign policy officials to reflect on the administration's Nuclear Posture Review, the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, and whether Mr. Obama's emerging nuclear doctrine is a move in the right direction.
Avner Cohen recounts Israel's failure to attend Obama's April 2010 Nuclear Summit in Washinton and how this runs against Israeli interests.
The summit in Washington may produce commitment to a plan for securing nuclear materials from terrorists, largely because of President Obama's demonstrated willingness to commit the U.S. to nonproliferation and disarmament goals, says nonproliferation expert Tanya Ogilvie-White.
In this special briefing, four experts answer questions about the Obama Administration's nuclear weapons strategy and policy for the next five to ten yeas, as outlined in the Nuclear Posture Review.
Listen to CFR's James M. Lindsay and Ray Takeyh discuss with students the complications of deterring a nuclear Iran, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
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President Obama's Nuclear Posture Review properly shifts the source of threats facing the United States to non-state actors and sets the stage for upcoming nonproliferation talks, writes CFR's Micah Zenko.
With this week's signing of the follow-on to START and next week's nuclear summit in Washington, President Obama hopes to advance his agenda to reduce the number and spread of nuclear weapons, but proliferation expert Henry Sokolski says the White House faces a gamut of obstacles.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
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