Gary Samore, who was active in nuclear diplomacy with North Korea in the Clinton administration, says the latest agreement between the United States and North Korea is only a "very modest step forward" because it allows the next administration to proceed further in seeking a nuclear-disarmed North Korea.
Media conference call on North Korea's recent nuclear activity.
The latest declaration from North Korea has brought rewards from Washington but experts say bigger challenges lie ahead.
CFR's Gary Samore says North Korea's declaration on its nuclear activities and lifting of sanctions by the United States marks "a useful initial step" but more work needs to be done to ensure disarmament.
Saeed Shah writes about A.Q. Khan's first interview with an American news organization. The Pakistani nuclear scientist denied that he’d done anything but offer "very small advice" to Iran and Libya on where to acquire nuclear technology.
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.
Newsweek's Morton Abramowitz and Stephen Bosworth say despite its achievements, Washington is divided on how to deal with North Korea long term.
Watering down previous deals will reinforce Pyongyang’s instinct for bluster and blackmail, argue Winston Lord and Leslie H. Gelb.
Washington’s latest revisions to its stance on North Korea nuclear-disarmament talks, experts say, threatens to undermine counter-proliferation efforts.
Gary Samore, a senior arms-control negotiator in the Clinton administration, says the Bush administration has agreed to a compromise with North Korea on demands for it to confess the extent of its uranium-enrichment activities.
A conservative parliament may provide further impetus to South Korean president to maintain a harder line on Pyongyang.
Andrew Scobell seeks to assist planners and decisionmakers in thinking about and preparing for possible future contingencies concerning North Korea. The collapse of the Kim regime may not lead to the collapse of North Korea as a state and even if regime collapse is followed by state collapse, these events may not lead to Korean unification.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
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.
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