North Korea: Has Trump Rejected Diplomacy and Does It Matter?

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by Tim Shorrock Korea watchers were offered a glimmer of hope in a front page, above-the-fold story in last Sunday’s New York Times. According to David Sanger’s reporting from Beijing, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in “direct communications” with… Continue Reading  

Building Confidence in Iran’s Intentions, Not Closing All Pathways

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by Peter Jenkins The decision to sell the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran (the JCPOA) to the US Congress and public as closing all pathways to Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons is returning to haunt us. That slogan implied two… Continue Reading  

Why the World Will Have to Live with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea

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by Rajan Menon It’s time to face reality. When it comes to a nuclear-armed North Korea, the question is no longer “if” but “when.” Denuclearization, the goal underlying UN Security Council sanctions, has become a chimera. Though there’s much that… Continue Reading  

Will Trump Shred the Iran Nuclear Deal?

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by Rajan Menon Stack up the op-eds and essays on the disasters that await the world once Donald Trump moves into the White House and you’ll have a long list of dismaying scenarios. One that makes the lineups of most… Continue Reading  

Flynn Clueless on Syrian Nukes

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by Jim Lobe As part of a continuing inquiry into Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser-Designate Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.), here’s a passage in his book co-authored by Michael Ledeen, on the alleged nuclear plant at Al Kibar in Syria that… Continue Reading