Thursday, July 30, 2015
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Saying No to the Warmongers

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Saying No to the Warmongers


     argues that Barack Obama is right to stand up to America’s permanent security state.

    Obama announces Iran deal Andrew Harnik/ZumaPress

    Most Americans find it hard to recognize or understand their country’s permanent security state, in which elected politicians seem to run the show but the CIA and the Pentagon often take the lead. If Americans are to make the right choices in the coming months and years, this must change. READ MORE

  5. Where Obama Went Wrong on Iran

    Shlomo Avineri

    Where Obama Went Wrong on Iran


     criticizes the US for overlooking the geopolitical implications of the recent nuclear deal.

    obama iran press conference Ron Sachs/ZumaPress

    American negotiators’ unremitting focus on the issues before them – centrifuges, enrichment levels, the fate of spent fuel, and so on – undoubtedly permitted the nuclear deal with Iran to be done. But the success of this approach has left the future of the region blurrier than ever. READ MORE

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