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  

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


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


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


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