It is the job of heads of government to build political coalitions in favor of reconciliation and to lead their nations through the inevitable setbacks and violent opposition that are likely to befall a peace process before it succeeds.
The United States has accused Russia of violating a 1987 missile treaty.
The United States has spent $1 billion on a weapon that has no mission and has started an arms race with China in the process.
Tehran’s military capabilities do not match its ambitions for recognition and status. It is cautious, defensive, and prudent in resorting to force, due as much to experience as to realism about its own limits.
A U.S.-Russian arms race in strategic conventional weapons is an unfortunate possibility, but it is not an inevitability.
Even if the interim deal with Iran is successfully extended into a comprehensive agreement during the next twelve months, Tehran’s conduct in the Middle East will remain largely unregulated.
No decision has yet been made about which missions the Conventional Prompt Global Strike would be used for, but there are several possibilities floating around.
In one area of military technology, a new and potentially dangerous arms race is brewing and a crisis could touch off rapid and uncontrollable escalation.
The world today is a very different place than it was barely twelve years ago when the war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates began. Continuing advances in various spheres such as the sociotechnical world will present both challenges and opportunities.
Despite repeated assertions that Conventional Prompt Global Strike will be a niche capability, not intended to affect U.S. strategic balances with other countries, Beijing does not fully trust these assurances.