International Security News

Isolated Russia has little left to lose

Jul 15, 2015
"And while the impact and legacy of the sanctions themselves are mixed, there can be no doubt that the era of partnership in Russia's relations with Europe and the West is now fully over, and that a new period characterized by mutual isolation and deterrence has begun," write Matthew Rojansky and Michael Kofman.

Five Things to Watch for in the Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal

Jul 14, 2015
Here are five things to look out for in the coming days, as we all assess the text of the agreement and reactions to it.

An Iran Deal, At Last

Jul 14, 2015
"The terms, however, are likely to give both proponents and opponents new arguments for their positions. No party got all it wanted; there’s a shortcoming to every benefit," writes Robin Wright.

Two World-Changing Deals

Jul 14, 2015
"Both of these deals provide better outcomes than failed negotiations would have. They demonstrate that dedicated diplomacy can still achieve positive solutions within an integrated global system that is more or less still functioning," writes Jack A. Goldstone.

We Got To Yes. Now It’s Time for a Reality Check.

Jul 14, 2015
"Indeed, even 15 years from now, Iran will still possess an industrial-size nuclear infrastructure, and by the president’s own admission, the capacity to “break out” potentially at will. We’ve created a mechanism to constrain Iran’s nuclear weapons pretensions, not eliminate them," writes Aaron David Miller.

A New Vision for US Foreign Policy

Jul 12, 2015
In an era of new and emerging global threats, Senator Chris Murphy believes there is an urgent need for a new vision for US foreign policy. During a recent Wilson Center address, he outlined eight principles for a vision that seeks to maintain U.S. global leadership while looking beyond our traditional military toolkit for engaging the world. He discussed the ideas with the Wilson Center's Aaron David Miller and attendees of the event.

Is No Nuclear Deal With Iran a Better Outcome for Obama?

Jul 06, 2015
"In short, Washington could manage the fallout from no agreement. And in that case, it’s more than likely that Iran would become a problem for the next administration, which, frankly, wouldn’t be such a bad outcome for this one," writes Aaron David Miller.

5 Reasons America Should Fear the Global Middle Class

Jul 02, 2015
"U.S. officials understandably are focused on America’s middle class, but they should also pay closer attention to the ways in which the growing global middle class may undermine American interests, beyond its acknowledged effects on climate change and resource scarcity," writes Brenda Seaver.

What If No Agreement Is Reached on Iran’s Nuclear Program?

Jun 30, 2015
"Much depends on how the talks collapse: Who takes the hit will be important in the political positioning that inevitably follows the demise of a deal," writes Aaron David Miller.

The War that Haunts Iran’s Negotiators

Jun 28, 2015
"The Iraq war still haunts Iran—and shapes the theocracy’s positions at the negotiating table—partly because tens of thousands are still dying from chemical weapons, according to the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support," writes Robin Wright.