Mary Beth Sheridan, The Washington Post
For the first time in 15 years, U.S. officials have lost their ability to inspect Russian long-range nuclear bases, where they had become accustomed to peering into missile silos, counting warheads and whipping out tape measures to size up rockets.
The inspections had occurred every few weeks under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. But when START expired in December, the checks stopped.
John Pomfret, The Washington Post
China is quickly modernizing its military and has set its sights on extending its influence deep into the Pacific and Indian oceans now that the military balance with its longtime nemesis, Taiwan, is tilting in its favor, the Defense Department reported Monday.
Stuart Levey, Financial Times
In recent weeks, the UN, the US, the EU and other partners have announced new sanctions to hold Iran accountable for conduct surrounding its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Chris Schneidmiller, Global Security Newswire
A program established by the world's leading industrial powers to keep bad actors from acquiring weapons of mass destruction could be on its last legs, observers say.
Ashley J. Tellis, The Wall Street Journal
China's plans to sell Pakistan two new civilian reactors are progressing apace, adding another chapter to the long and troubled history of nuclear trade between the two countries.
Neena Vyas, The Hindu
There were strong indications on Monday that the government and the Bharatiya Janata Party were close to arriving at a consensus on the proposed nuclear civil liability bill.