Monday, August 3, 2015
  1. The Iran Deal’s North Korean Shadow

    Christopher R. Hill

    The Iran Deal’s North Korean Shadow


     rejects the view that the two countries' behavior implies similar outcomes for nuclear agreements.

    Iranians celebrate nuclear deal Rouzbeh Fouladi/ZumaPress

    Many critics of the Iranian nuclear agreement compare Iran’s behavior to that of North Korea, suggesting that the deal will not hold because deals with North Korea never have. The key question is whether Iran's leaders understand that the agreement represents a defining moment for their country. READ MORE

  2. It’s Time to Ban the Bomb

    Hans Blix

    It’s Time to Ban the Bomb


     argues that the nuclear-weapon states' gradualist approach to disarmament has failed.

    A-Bomb Dome Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome Hiroshima/See Tatt Yeo

    Seventy years ago next month, the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki opened the darkest chapter in the long history of humanity’s wartime horrors. The international agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear program, while welcome, also serves as a reminder that the chapter remains open – and that it must be closed for good. READ MORE

  3. The Dangerous Rise of Buddhist Chauvinism

    Yuriko Koike
  4. What the Greek and Iranian Deals Are Not

    Dominique Moisi

    What the Greek and Iranian Deals Are Not


     says that the most important thing the two deals have in common is their incompleteness.

    greece iran flags Barbaragin/Fotolia

    This month’s agreements on the Greek crisis and Iran’s nuclear program are undoubtedly important achievements. But the comparisons that have accompanied both deals have tended toward hyperbole, impeding rational discussion of their implications for Europe, the Middle East, and the prospects for international diplomacy. READ MORE

  5. The Horseman of the Jewish Apocalypse

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    The Horseman of the Jewish Apocalypse


     examines the worldview that drives Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's foreign policy.

    Netanyahu European External Action Service/Flickr

    Contrary to popular belief, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is not just a cynical politician attempting to deflect attention away from domestic issues and the conflict with Palestine. His relentless effort to derail Western rapprochement with Iran reflects his deeply paranoid perspective on Jewish history. READ MORE

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