Nuclear Weapons

The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, 1966-1968

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was, to quote President Johnson’s national security adviser, Walt Rostow, “a constitutional arrangement for the organization of the noncommunist world.” While its negotiations reopened lines of communication between the superpowers that had been closed since Nuremberg, Moscow mostly played a supporting role. Its cooperation, though necessary, was insufficient for the treaty’s success.

Regime Change in North Korea: Be Careful What You Wish For

Is the Trump administration seriously contemplating changing the regime in North Korea? Frankly, the signals are mixed.

The 1967 Six-Day War

The 1967 Six-Day War:

U.S.- Iran Relations: Opportunities for the New Administration

Key Quotes 

Quotes from Catherine Ashton, Baroness of Upholland:

·         “This was an incredibly technically complicated agreement that required a lot of experts to burn the midnight oil, both at the talks and at home in the different countries.”

North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout

North Korea is believed to be on the verge of a significant, even “game changing,” breakout in its nuclear capabilities. With concerns mounting over what that will mean for regional and U.S. national security, we spoke with Robert Litwak, one of the nation’s foremost experts on nonproliferation. His thoughts on confronting the growing threat are outlined in his latest book, Preventing North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Assessing Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

For his first trip as Secretary of Defense, James Mattis traveled to South Korea to assert the U.S. commitment to that nation and to send a warning to its northern neighbor. This follows on the heels of North Korea’s claims that it is close to perfecting ICBM technology that would enable it to strike the continental United States. We asked the Wilson Center’s James Person to assess the current level of tension on the Korean Peninsula in the wake of Secretary Mattis’ visit.  That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW

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Fallout From Iran Missile Test

Fallout from Iran’s recent missile test has resulted in new US sanctions and warnings from the Trump Administration that the country is “playing with fire” and is now “on notice.” Is the test a violation of the Iran Nuclear Deal? What can we expect moving forward? We asked nonproliferation and national security expert, Robert Litwak to provide analysis. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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