Challenging the World Order: Erdogan Wants Right to Develop Nuclear Weapons

by James M. Dorsey Brinkmanship may be his trademark, but Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is unlikely to provoke the ire of the international community by launching a nuclear weapons program. Yet, his demand that Turkey have the right to… Continue Reading  

Misleading White House Claims Target Iran

by Peter Jenkins A White House press statement, dated July 1, claims that there is a “longstanding non-proliferation standard of no enrichment for Iran.” This claim is false. For more than 40 years, the United States and its Western allies… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and the Nuclear Temptation

by Thomas W. Lippman Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and defense minister, Mohammed bin Salman, seems to have gotten what he wanted from his long glad-handing tour through the United States and several European capitals. He met President Trump and brand-name business… Continue Reading  

US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for whither the Middle East?

by James M. Dorsey Talks aimed at transferring US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia serve as an indicator of where the Saudi-Iranian rivalry is heading as well as the strength of the informal Saudi-Israeli alliance against Iran. The possible transfer… Continue Reading  

Saudi Plans to Develop Nuclear Power

by Peter Jenkins Tom Lippman reported here last week that Westinghouse hopes to win an order for nuclear reactors from Saudi Arabia (KSA). He also referred to speculation that, to help Westinghouse, the United States would not insist on KSA foregoing uranium… Continue Reading