Nuclear Weapons

Moderation in Iran? Don't get your hopes up.

Iranians go to the polls Friday to elect a new parliament and Assembly of Experts, the body that — at least on paper — chooses the next supreme leader. The world is watching to see if the reformist camp will gain ground, but expectations aren't high.

Research Intern (Italian Language Specialist)

Research Intern (Italian Language Specialist)

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The Key to Nuclear Restraint

Sweden's Plans to Acquire Nuclear Weapons During the Cold War

Why have some nations acquired nuclear weapons while others have refrained? In this seminar, Dr. Thomas Jonter will analyze Sweden’s Cold War plans to acquire nuclear weapons and explore why some states choose restraint.

On North Korea, US Policymakers Misunderstand the History Between Beijing and Pyongyang

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, faced with North Korea’s claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb, complained to his Chinese counterpart that China’s strategy toward North Korea “has not worked, and we cannot continue business as usual.” In the wake of last week’s missile launch, presidential candidates from both parties called on China to do more. But American observers may have exaggerated the docility of North Korea toward China from the beginning, according to the diplomatic record of Sino-North Korean relations during the Cold War.

Inside the Iran Negotiations: A Conversation with Chief Negotiator Wendy Sherman

What was it like to be inside the room during the roller coaster saga of the historic nuclear deal with Iran? What role did personal relationships and domestic politics play in this landmark accord? What were the key moments that made success possible or could have threatened the deal? And what lessons can be learned from U.S.-Iranian negotiations?

Join us for an extraordinary event as Chief U.S. Negotiator Ambassador Wendy Sherman takes us inside the room for an intimate look at the personalities, politics and negotiating dynamics that defined the nuclear agreement. 

Robert Litwak on the North Korean and Iranian Nuclear Programs

Vice President for Scholars and Director of International Security Studies Robert S. Litwak is quoted extensively in a piece on Deutsche Welle. As the United States eases sanctions on Iran, pressure on Pyongyang and its nuclear program is increasing. Litwak examines the two cases, and attempts to explain apparent success in one with ineffectiveness in the other.

To read the full article, please click here.

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Did North Korea Detonate a Hydrogen Bomb?

Nuclear proliferation expert Robert Litwak analyzes North Korea’s claim that it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb.

For the U.S., Few Options to Address North Korea’s Nuclear Program

North Korea’s claim that it has tested a hydrogen bomb produces another major foreign policy challenge for the Obama administration, which has few means to address it. The issue will bedevil the next president (whoever he or she is); it also points up some interesting contrasts with Iran and how the international community has reacted to the two countries’ nuclear programs

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