On June 13 U.S. special envoy Jack Pritchard met North Korea's U.N. envoy Li hyong Chol in New York, beginning a dialogue between the Bush administration and the government in Pyongyang. Applauding the administration's decision, an Independent Task Force on Korea sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations asserts that "no critics have offered a better idea than the difficult course of sustained, hard-headed engagement in pursuit of U.S. and allied interests."
Can President Bush bridge the widening divisions between his policies and the positions of the European allies? On climate change, the death penalty, threat assessments, peacekeeping, sanctions and missile defense, the President seems the odd man out in the NATO alliance.
The Russian Duma officially approved a new Russian law allowing the import of spent nuclear fuel into Russia. The bill, approved 250-125, will now be sent to the Russian parliament's upper house, which is expected to approve the new law.
No-one who knows the Georgian Army can have been seriously surprised by the mutiny which occurred on May 25-26. If a country treats its soldiers the way Georgian soldiers have been treated in recent years, this is what it can expect.
On Thursday, May 31, Iran's state-run radio reported the successful test of a new solid fuel ballistic missile. If the reports are true, the test represents a significant step forward for Tehran's missile programs.
The Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty intercepted and destroyed over 2600 missiles. Its success may be one reason the NATO allies are reluctant to abandon proven arms control arrangements for untested missile defenses.
A Democratic Senate will fundamentally change the non-proliferation policy calculus in Washington. Historically, a Republican president and a Democratic Congress have been the most favorable combination for reducing nuclear risks and advancing non-proliferation goals. Project Director Joseph Cirincione explains why.
The United States Department of Energy is suspending work on one of two possible ways to dispose of excess weapons plutonium in the United States, casting doubt U.S. commitments on arms control and non-proliferation and endangering the future of efforts to reduce Russia's enormous stockpile of plutonium.
On May 11, on the third anniversary of India's nuclear tests, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage met with top Indian government officials to talk about missile defenses and non-proliferation concerns. His message found a receptive audience. Three years after the nadir in U.S.-India relations, the turnaround in relations is striking.
We think the president has an instinctive sense that U.S. policy toward China should be a good deal tougher than it has been the last 12 years. Surely it's time for him to shape a coherent policy, bring his advisers into line, and not allow staffers to be hung out to dry. This would be the adult thing to do.
Many Bush administration officials came into office believing the claims of advocates that we already have an effective military defense against missiles—all that has been lacking has been the political will to deploy. But these officials had their own mind-bending experience as Pentagon leaders carefully explained that there is no missile defense.
At a May 2 event on Capitol Hill, the Non-Proliferation Project officially released a new report,<a=href"http://www.ceip.org/files/Publications/NPPDemoStudy.asp?from=pubtitle">"Russia's Nuclear and Missile Complex: The Human Factor in Proliferation" </a>by Russian social scientist Valentin Tikhonov. At the event, Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), a leading expert in the House on nonproliferation issues, called the deterioration of Russia's nuclear cities a matter of U.S. national security.
The "One China" policy has been slowly but steadily collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions for more than a decade. And how could it not collapse? America's very arcane, very nuanced policy was created in 1979. The world then was so different from today's that it might as well have been 1879.