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U.S. Army soldiers stroll past two bronze busts of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in the Green Zone in Baghdad, March 20, 2009 (AP photo by Hadi Mizban).
Reality Check

The Real Iraq War Debate’s Lessons for U.S. Foreign Policy

By Michael A. Cohen
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More than 12 years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, it seems we’re no closer to learning the lessons of what may be the most ill-conceived war in American history. Case in point: the current debate playing out on the U.S. presidential campaign trail over whether the invasion was a good idea. more


Global Insights

New Technologies Complicate U.S.-Russia-China Arms Control

By Richard Weitz
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The 2015 review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which began yesterday, will put a spotlight on a number of issues, including the potential for a nuclear deal with Iran. However, the current arms control stalemate among the U.S., Russia and China will also shape the conference’s outcome. more

Global Insider

India’s Ties With North Korea Cordial but Limited

By The Editors
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Last week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong was in New Delhi for talks with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on North Korea’s nuclear program and to request additional humanitarian assistance. In an interview, Ankit Panda of The Diplomat discussed India’s ties with North Korea. more

Strategic Horizons

Iran Deal Opponents Have Forgotten the Logic of Arms Control

By Steven Metz
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Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a diplomatic framework designed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. But after several decades with no major arms control agreements, the American public and its elected representatives no longer understand the complex logic of arms control. more

Global Insights

Spoilers Emerge as Iran Nuclear Talks Reach Delicate Endgame

By Richard Weitz
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With the deadline for a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program fast approaching, critical players have been expressing opposition to a deal they perceive as too lenient. In this context, the role played by Russia and China in the negotiations could prove critical for the success of any deal. more

Diplomatic Fallout

Can the U.N. Deliver for Obama on Iran, Israel-Palestine Deals?

By Richard Gowan
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Barack Obama’s influence on the future of U.S. foreign policy is shrinking as he nears the end of his presidency. But he might use his leverage over U.N. diplomacy to push through deals on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. If he does, the U.N. could struggle to deliver. more

Strategic Horizons

Contrasting Strategic Cultures Drive U.S.-Israel Split on Iran

By Steven Metz
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Unlike Israel, the United States has far-ranging, interconnected global concerns and a uniquely idealistic strategic culture. How the U.S. deals with Iran reverberates outside the Middle East, and done badly, it might advance Israel’s security while degrading American interests elsewhere in the world. more

The Realist Prism

Will GOP Senators’ Open Letter to Iran Derail Nuclear Deal?

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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On Monday, 47 GOP senators published an open letter warning Iran’s leadership of the perils faced by any deal on Tehran’s nuclear program concluded solely on the basis of U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive authority. The letter’s impact will depend on three sets of Iranian calculations. more

Global Insights

With Good Game Plan, U.S. Can Tough Out NPT Review Conference

By Richard Weitz
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Next month’s Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty promises to be much more contentious than the previous 5-year review conference held in 2010. However, with a good game plan, the Obama administration can limit the damage to U.S. interests and the nonproliferation regime. more

Strategic Horizons

U.S. Deterrent Not Up to Today’s Complex Security Environment

By Steven Metz
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When the Soviet Union fielded nuclear weapons during the opening years of the Cold War, deterrence quickly became the centerpiece of U.S. military strategy. But the current confrontation with Russia underscores the limitations of the old notion of deterrence in today’s security environment. more

Special Report

Breakout Capacity: Iran in the Rouhani Era

By The Editors
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Hassan Rouhani assumed the presidency of Iran last year amid great expectations for reform at home and renewed engagement abroad. From nuclear negotiations to the crises in Iraq and Syria, Rouhani’s term has so far been a mixed bag, offering hope but not yet transformation, as the articles in this report show. more