The North Korean crisis shows that limiting IAEA authority to assure that Iran is not hiding nuclear activities will hurt efforts to end the Iranian nuclear crisis.
In anticipation of this week's meeting between Iran and the IAEA, there has been some talk about what should happen with the IAEA's file on "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program if the United States decides to strike a deal with Iran.
Over the last decade, specialists have been quietly changing the architecture of the IAEA safeguards system, but they haven’t explained things to the outside world—including the IAEA’s member states.
If the IAEA doesn't ask Iran tough questions, it may be easier to end the Iranian nuclear crisis. But would that stop Iran from secretly developing nuclear weapons?
The public revelations of Iran's clandestine nuclear activities in August 2002 unleashed one of the most intensive and highly publicized inspections in the history of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Syria is widely believed to possess weapons of mass destruction, in particular a large chemical weapons arsenal.
It is unlikely that Russia's problem with nuclear safeguards will vanish overnight by mid-2013.
Supporters of the evolution of nuclear safeguards should resolve Russia’s concerns over the IAEA’s safeguards system so it can be adapted to new challenges.
Good news from the Middle East is rare these days. But Iraq's ratification of its Additional Protocol safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency is certainly something to celebrate.
The absence of favorable conditions for establishing a weapons of mass destruction free zone in the Middle East presents significant challenges.