Nuclear Weapons

    • Commentary

    Why South Korea Shouldn't Build Its Own Nuclear Bombs

    Although the U.S.-South Korean alliance does face significant geopolitical challenges, nuclear proliferation would be an ill-advised solution. South Korean nuclear weapons would likely make the regional security situation more precarious.

    • Commentary

    The Standstill Conundrum: The Advent of Second-Strike Vulnerability and Options to Address It

    Moreover, Americans need to take care that their military response options remain viable. The United States should not allow itself to be outpaced in the acquisition of advanced technologies. If they do, then they will find themselves in a destabilized situation, in which the U.S. force structure — nuclear and conventional — is vulnerable while others’ are not.

    • Event

    Carnegie Connects: A Conversation with Robert Malley, U.S. Special Envoy for Iran

    Aaron David Miller welcomes Robert Malley, the U.S. special envoy for Iran, to discuss the future of the Iran deal and how the United States can contain Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional aspirations.

    • Commentary

    North Korea’s New ‘Hypersonic Missile’: Not A Game Changer Just Yet

    Without diplomacy to dissuade further testing, we shouldn’t be surprised to see North Korea test more advanced weapons in the coming months. The missile-testing campaign of the 8th Party Congress is in full swing.

    • Commentary

    A Call to Arms: Kim Jong Un and the Tactical Bomb

    Does Kim Jong Un intend to deploy tactical nuclear weapons? If so, how might these weapons manifest in the country's existing nuclear forces and what challenges may arise for the United States and South Korea?

    • Commentary

    A Freeze for Freeze Redux on the Korean Peninsula

    Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula is stalled again. One option worth exploring is a trilateral cessation of missile testing and military exercises on the Korean Peninsula, essentially a “freeze for freeze” redux.

    • Commentary

    Why North Korea’s New Cruise Missile Matters

    North Korea’s newest cruise missile test shows its nuclear capabilities are growing. Here’s what policymakers from the United States and elsewhere should do now to set up future negotiators for success.

    • Commentary

    China’s Nuclear Build-up: The Great Distraction

    We must keep a sharp eye on China’s nuclear deployments. But we have a long head start on them and can ensure that they do not surprise us in the nuclear space. If we fail to stay focused, we may find one day that they have achieved strategic superiority with entirely new military systems that we can neither defend against nor match.

    • Commentary

    Deciphering Iran’s Nuclear Strategy

    The IAEA director general and U.S. secretary of state have recently voiced heightened concerns over the direction of Iran’s nuclear program and frustrations with the lack of diplomatic progress. Yet these developments are entirely predictable for those who closely study the logic behind Iran’s nuclear ambitions and patterns of behavior.

    • Commentary

    Looking Beyond Iran to the Persian Gulf

    Germany and Europe should not focus solely on the Iran nuclear file. Instead, they should develop a coherent and comprehensive approach to regional security that includes securing maritime routes and investing in environmental cooperation.

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