A Victory for Diplomacy Over War

A Victory for Diplomacy Over War

Phyllis Bennis joins The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the ramifications of the negotiated nuclear agreement between the U.S. and Iran, both in terms of future relations between the two countries, as well as for diplomacy at large: “I think...
Just Follow the Oil

Just Follow the Oil

Like the United States and most other world powers, Iran foolishly wants to be in the nuclear power business. Atoms offer energy diversity and national prestige, plus a lot of bucks for somebody. There are plenty of environmental and safety reasons to oppose the...
Our Nuclear Insecurity Complex

Our Nuclear Insecurity Complex

Back in July, an 82-year-old nun and two fellow peace activists breached the security at the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee. The red-faced federal officials who subsequently promised thorough oversight proclaimed they had “no tolerance” for...
The Next Administration’s Top Five Foreign Policy Challenges

The Next Administration’s Top Five Foreign Policy Challenges

Our next commander-in-chief will, as President Barack Obama joked during his final debate with Mitt Romney, spend little time fretting about the nation’s bayonet arsenal or herds of battle-ready horses. Instead, the White House will confront serious...
Managing the Uranium-233 Stockpile of the United States

Managing the Uranium-233 Stockpile of the United States

The United States has created a problem called uranium-233, a material suitable for the core of a nuclear weapon and among the most dangerous materials on the planet. If as little as 19 pounds of uranium-233 fell into the wrong hands, it could make an explosion that...
Diplomacy Is the Only Way Forward with Iran

Diplomacy Is the Only Way Forward with Iran

Negotiators from the United States, the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council, and Germany recently met with an Iranian team in Baghdad to discuss Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Although there’s still a long road ahead, this resumed...
Coming Up: A Tehran Communique?

Coming Up: A Tehran Communique?

Arguably, growing tensions over Iran’s nuclear impasse represent today’s greatest international security challenge. Current Western sanctions against Iran are biting hard, but they are also hurting both the Iranian population and global consumers. With...

Do Albright and ISIS Buy Parchin Clean-up Story or Don’t They?

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) refers to itself as a “non-partisan institution that focuses on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.” But it’s sometimes demonstrated a tendency to lean toward, if not the right, the...
Inching Toward Progress on the North Korean Nuke Problem

Inching Toward Progress on the North Korean Nuke Problem

Following years of deadlock, the United States and North Korea finally struck a deal in late February. But it raises questions about whether this is a step in the right director or another North Korean ploy to gain concessions. Perhaps both. It all depends on whether...
We’ve Seen the Threats Against Iran Before

We’ve Seen the Threats Against Iran Before

Here we go again with the Iran hysteria. It is tempting to think this time will be just like previous periods of sabre rattling against Iran. But there are significant new dangers. The Arab Spring, Israel’s position, changes in the regional and global balance of...
The Fading U.S.-Pakistan Alliance

The Fading U.S.-Pakistan Alliance

As the United States struggles to stabilize the volatile landscape in Afghanistan, assert a long-term strategic presence in Iraq, and contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions, it is gradually confronting a precarious and consequential estrangement from its long-term...
Is Iran Iraq All Over Again?

Is Iran Iraq All Over Again?

For at least the past two decades, political leaders in the United States and Israel have warned that Iran was on the threshold of building a nuclear weapon. From what we’ve been hearing lately from the media, Iran is once again…on that threshold. Touting...
When a Clandestine Nuclear Program Is Good News

When a Clandestine Nuclear Program Is Good News

The United States is selective about which states engaging in nuclear proliferation that it condemns. It’s as if they’re subject to an unwritten sanity or rationality index. Naturally, no U.S. allies that have developed nuclear weapons since the nuclear...