Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea and Iran: Let the Comparisons Begin

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by Paul R. Pillar North Korea and Iran represent significantly different nuclear-related challenges. The biggest difference is that North Korea has nuclear weapons while Iran doesn’t and never has. If North Korea really were to become no longer a nuclear… Continue Reading  

North Korea’s Negotiating Position Is Out of Reach for Iran, Even if It Acquires a Bomb

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj The Singapore Summit was bittersweet for those working to save the Iran nuclear deal. Just a few weeks after Trump violated a robust, multilateral arms control agreement, he choreographed his own bid to strike a similar agreement… Continue Reading  

Follow-up on AIPAC and Iran Deal

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by Jim Lobe Here’s a very quick follow-up to the post about the comments made to Chris Nelson by an unidentified “former AIPAC official.”

Chicken in Vienna

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by Paul R. Pillar With the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program in its final days (and seven days of overtime having just been announced), a broken leg is not the most serious impairment to Secretary of State Kerry’s ability to… Continue Reading  

Can We Continue the Iran Interim Agreement Indefinitely?

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by Ali Gharib Earlier this week, Yishai Schwartz, an associate editor at the legal blog Lawfare, put up a thoughtful post on the Iran nuclear negotiations proposing an alternative to making a nuclear deal with Iran. His proposal?  Briefly stated, it is… Continue Reading