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North Korea Provokes Nuclear Tensions

With North Korea conducting a new round of nuclear tests and the US and South Korea flying bombers and fighter jets as a show of strength in response, the Korean Peninsula is back in the spotlight. We spoke with James Person to find out what North Korea hopes to gain by provoking nuclear tensions and if additional sanctions, as some are recommending,  would matter to a nation isolated from much of the international community. His insights provide the focus for this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

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On NK, freeze can be layover to denuclearization

North Korea tested a fifth nuclear device in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. Held on the sixty-eighth anniversary of the regime's founding, the test comes fresh on the heels of a series of ballistic missile tests on Monday as world powers gathered for a G20 meeting in China. North Korea advances its threat capabilities with each nuclear and ballistic missile test. It is time for an immediate re-assessment of ongoing efforts to eliminate the threat North Korea's weapons programs pose to the region.
 

Sanctions Not Effective, Diplomatic Efforts Needed to Break Vicious Cycle

Deputy Director for the History and Public Policy Program and coordinator of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy James Person was interviewed by Yonhap News after a recent North Korean nuclear test. The original article can be viewed on Yonhap's website.

One Year After Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Rights Violations and Regional Aggression Continue

A year after ​world powers signed an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, the regime in Tehran continues to engage in developing ballistic missile technology, human rights violations, aggressive behavior in the region, and anti-American and anti-semitic rhetoric.

A Year On, Iran’s Nuclear Deal is Helping its Economy, but not as Much as Some Hoped

Iran’s economy has slowly but measurably rebounded in the year since Tehran signed a historic nuclear deal with the world’s six major powers. The two most tangible changes have been the increase in oil exports–which have nearly doubled since sanctions were lifted on Jan. 16–and the dozens of foreign trade and investment deals Iran has negotiated.

Reappraising Extended Deterrence

How should the US manage its alliances? Should the US establish a multilateral nuclear policy dialogue in Asia? What capabilities might reassure European allies in light of current Russian revisionism? Do nuclear weapons strengthen these alliances, or do they introduce a divisive bone of contention?

One Year On, How’s The Iran Nuke Deal Doing?

The nuclear deal, signed in July 2015, has been a game changer for Iran.

Kennedy, Dimona and the Nuclear Proliferation Problem: 1961-1962

Kennedy, Dimona and the Nuclear Proliferation Problem: 1961-1962

by Avner Cohen and William Burr

 

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The Nuclear Threat: Getting Better or Worse?

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Nuclear Security Summit 2016 was recently convened in Washington, DC. Prior to the event, the Wilson Center gathered a high-level panel of experts to focus on the threat posed by nuclear weapons and the proliferation of nuclear technology. Is the global security equation getting better or getting worse? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

 

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