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The Inter-Church Peace Council and the Nuclear Arms Race

The Origins of the IKV's Campaign Against Nuclear Arms, 1975-77

In June 1977, protests from lawmakers, national security experts, and activists arose almost instantly in response to US plans to produce enhanced radiation weapons (neutron bombs). It was a seemingly sudden beginning to what was, in hindsight, a decade of widespread Western resistance to the nuclear arms race and NATO’s modernization plans. In truth, the eruption of resistance was less sudden than it appeared at the time.

IPC-Wilson Center Turkey Papers: Transatlantic Security, NATO and Turkey

In the second installment of the Istanbul Policy Center-Wilson Center Turkey Papers, “Transatlantic Security, NATO and Turkey,” Gulnur Aybet explores Turkey’s unique position in NATO and its developing role in transatlantic security cooperation.

Prelude to the Euromissile Crisis

Prelude to the Euromissile Crisis

The Neutron Bomb Affair, the Netherlands, and the "Defeat of the Strangeloves," 1977-1978

Turkey's New Role in the Fight Against ISIS: Game Changer?

Turkey has finally acceded to America’s request that it open up its southern airbases to U.S. aircraft combatting the Islamic State. The decision has been seen as a major breakthrough in the fight against ISIS and has been accompanied by a Turkish announcement that it too would actively join the anti-ISIS coalition. However, the situation has been complicated by Turkey’s simultaneous decision to also attack the Turkish-Kurdish insurgent group, the PKK, with which it had been engaged in peace talks.

Isolated Russia has little left to lose

The one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine is an opportunity to take stock of the costs of Europe's latest, biggest, and apparently most intractable security crisis.

Twelve months after Russia-backed separatists were first accused of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet, Europe's relations with Russia -- having advanced by leaps and bounds over nearly three decades since the fall of the Iron Curtain -- have again descended into deep distrust and hostility.

Will Putin Gamble All On A Broader Ukraine Invasion?

Westerners strain to predict Moscow's next moves in Ukraine, and elsewhere.

President Vladimir Putin may think that Russia can weather Western reactions if he decides to move beyond the occupied part of eastern Ukraine, perhaps seeking to forge a land bridge between Russia and Crimea.

But will he consider economic and political constraints, akin to those that hastened the fall of the USSR after its intervention in Afghanistan?

A Kremlin decision to widen its assault in Ukraine might not be irrational. But would it be imprudent? This question is more complex.

How to Start a Proxy War with Russia

On Wednesday, Ashton Carter, the president’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, made headlines [4] when he told Congress that he was “very much inclined” to arm the Ukrainian troops in order to combat pro-Russian rebels.

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