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

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

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

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

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?

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