international-security

U.S. nonproliferation policy is an invisible success story

China's first nuclear test happened 50 years ago, leading the U.S. to develop policies to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. These policies are underappreciated because their successes are far less visible than their failures.

  • Nick Miller
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  • Oct 16, 2014
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Tom Ricks doesn’t know what he’s talking about

Tom Ricks thinks that political scientists have nothing useful to say about international security. If he took the time to actually read it seriously, he might have a different opinion.

  • Paul Staniland
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  • Sep 26, 2014
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The reports of war’s demise have been exaggerated

Wars have become less fatal but not necessarily less frequent

  • Tanisha M. Fazal
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  • Sep 4, 2014
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Proxy war can have dangerous consequences

States often try to wage war surreptitiously through secretly helping insurgent groups. This strategy can go badly wrong, even when the state tries to retain control.

  • Erica D. Borghard
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  • Jul 25, 2014
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Would new Iran sanctions help U.S. negotiators? Probably not.

It's possible that new sanctions might strengthen Obama's hand in the Iran negotiations. But that's not the way you should be betting.

A diplomatic endgame with Iran? The case for optimism

Convincing Iran to settle for nuclear latency may require some concessions from the United States. But this isn't surprising.

  • Matthew Fuhrmann
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  • Nov 26, 2013
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Five key questions — and answers — about the nuclear talks with Iran

What you need to know about the Iranian nuclear program

Cyber-Pearl Harbor is a myth

Don't expect to see any Pearl Harbor style cyber attacks, unless you're watching a bad Bruce Willis movie.

Our allies’ spooks don’t just spy on each other. They help each other change the law.

Alliances across different countries' spying agencies are probably more important than the disagreements between them.

Five things you need to know about the transatlantic wiretap scandal

Hypocrisy, timing, personal relationships, costly signals and European domestic politics explain what's happening over wiretapping.

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