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    50 Years Later: What the Cuban Missile Crisis Teaches Us About Nuclear Policy

    Fifty years ago, the world came to the brink of nuclear war. On October 14, 1962, U.S. policymakers learned that the Soviet Union was building missile bases in Cuba, which would have allowed Moscow to attack anywhere in the continental United States within minutes. An international crisis followed, and while … More

    Despite Arms Reduction Treaty, Russia Is Increasing Its Nuclear Capability

    About a year and a half ago, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) entered into force. The Obama Administration ensured the American people and the Senate that the treaty would contribute to strategic stability between the United States and the Russian Federation. The treaty was touted as a … More

    Iran’s Enriched Uranium Stockpile Rises as Its Currency Plummets

    Iran could now produce enough enriched uranium to arm a nuclear bomb within two to four months, according a new report by a Washington think tank. The Institute for Science and International Security cautioned that Iran may still face “engineering challenges” in assembling a weapon and longer delays if it … More

    Distinctly Different Approaches at the U.N.: Obama and Netanyahu on Iran

    A nuclear-armed Iran was a key topic of discussion at the U.N. General Assembly this week, including speeches by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. While both leaders agreed that “a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained,” there are key differences in approaching … More

    Obama Should Assert Resolve the World Can Believe In

    With his address to the United Nations this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated, “I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it.” The very real threat of hostilities continues to rise as Iranian posturing … More

    WATCH Today: Heritage's Phillips on the U.S., Israel, and Iran

    Heritage Senior Research Fellow Jim Phillips will testify on “Safeguarding Israel’s Security in a Volatile Region” before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, today at 1:30 p.m. Israel faces a wide spectrum of security threats, but the foremost threat is Iran’s nuclear … More

    Morning Bell: New Wave of Attacks on U.S. Embassies

    Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen today and set fire to a building. Like the mob in Egypt on Tuesday, they tore down the American flag. Reports are also circulating of a separate protest in Tehran today with about 500 Iranians chanting “Death to America.” Meanwhile, a onetime mentor … More

    President Obama's Dangerous Dream of a Nuclear-Free World

    One of the attention-grabbing scenes in the movie 2016: Obama’s America shows the President’s nuclear summit in 2009. The idea behind the summit was that if the United States led the world in cutting its nuclear arsenal, others would follow. We would be leveling the nuclear playing field, creating a … More

    New Report Outlines Iran's Nuclear Progress as Tehran Counterattacks with Misaligned Summit

    The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has documented Iran’s continued progress towards attaining a nuclear weapons capacity. Iran more than doubled the number of centrifuges—from 1,064 in May to 2,140—installed in the Fordo uranium enrichment facility, which is buried deep under a mountain and hardened against … More

    Waiting for North Korean Reform...and Waiting...

    In recent weeks, Pyongyang has begun yet another charm offensive by reaching out to Beijing, Washington, and Tokyo. The diplomatic initiative follows the anointing of the more dynamic and charismatic Kim Jong-un as leader, leading pundits to perceive subtle new signs of impending North Korean economic reform and a less … More