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May 30, 2018

North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observes progress at a nuclear weapons facility. What Would Denuclearization Look Like in North Korea?

Successful denuclearization will hinge on rigorous on-the-ground inspections and closing the gap between North Korea and the United States on what areas any agreement should cover.

May 25, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Reagan and Gorbachev shake hands after their talks in Reykjavik. Singapore and Reykjavik: The Perils of Summitry

The 1986 meeting in Iceland between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was like none other. It offers helpful context for a potential U.S.-North Korea arms control summi…

February 6, 2018

Olympics
East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event. The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

November 17, 2017

Lebanon
King Salman meets with Saad Hariri in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gambit

Saudi Arabia pressed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign to try to weaken Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. The path to resolving the crisis could run through Yemen.

March 1, 2013

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Shifting Tactics in Talks With Tehran

World powers are now offering to ease sanctions on Iran if it agrees to halt its most sensitive nuclear activity. Expert Daryl Kimball urges a full diplomatic press to stop Iran from crossing the nuc…

August 16, 2017

Radicalization and Extremism
A militia member rallies in Charlottesville. What Is the Far Right’s Threat to National Security?

Armed protests in Charlottesville highlight how the U.S. government has long devoted insufficient resources toward countering domestic far-right movements.

March 10, 2017

Netherlands
Dutch Elections and the Future of the EU

The rise of populist Geert Wilders in the Netherlands is showcasing the pressing need for European Union reform, says expert Pieter Cleppe.

March 29, 2017

United States
Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Joseph S. Nye, who coined…

March 13, 2017

Yemen
The Futility of Force in Yemen

An escalation in U.S. counterterrorism strikes is unlikely to degrade the country’s al-Qaeda affiliate and a two-year-long Saudi-led air campaign is no closer to defeating Houthi rebels, says Ambassa…

January 22, 2007

Afghanistan
U.S. Will Press Broad NATO ‘Offensive’ in Afghanistan

A top U.S. State Department official says Washington wants the alliance to beat back the Taliban’s resurgence.