First Take

Why Brazil is a Broker with Iran

Author: Matias Spektor

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.

See more in Proliferation; Iran; Brazil


Iran-U.S. Faceoff at UN

Ray Takeyh interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

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.

See more in Iran; Proliferation


A Chinese View of NPT Conference

Li Hong interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Questions about Iran and North Korea will undoubtedly be on the table at the UN's NPT Review Conference. But expert Li Hong says those issues are best handled outside the conference, which will be more effective focusing on nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation of weapons, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

See more in Global Governance; Proliferation

Must Read

WSJ: Debating Obama's New Nuclear Doctrine

Authors: George P. Shultz, Paul D. Wolfowitz, James R. Schlesinger, Fred C. Iklé, Richard N. Perle, and Richard R. Burt

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.

See more in United States; Proliferation


A Chance to Boost Nuclear Security

Tanya Ogilvie-White interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

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.

See more in United States; Proliferation


Nuclear Posture Review

Speakers: General James Cartwright, Thomas D'agostino, Robert J. Einhorn, and Bradley H. Roberts
Presider: James M. Lindsay

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. 

See more in United States; Proliferation