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    Move Toward a Minimal Deterrence Posture Dangerous

    The “Obama proposal for force reduction is foolhardy,” writes Bradley Thayer, professor of political science at Baylor University, in his recent commentary. His post is a reaction to the White House’s effort to unilaterally reduce the number of U.S. operationally deployed nuclear warheads to as low as 300. The decision … More

    Russian Elections Did Not Bring a Surprise--but Now What?

    A recent Heritage event analyzed Russia’s presidential election and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. The election was held in the aftermath of mass protests against Russian leadership’s corruption and disregard for the rule of law. According to David Kramer, President of Freedom House, Putin already lost in … More

    New START’s Fallout Keeps Failing to Make the U.S. Safer

    According to Rebeccah Heinrichs, an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget request reveals that “that the president has utterly failed to make good on his promises” on nuclear modernization and missile defense. During the ratification debate on the New Strategic Arms … More

    White House Fantasies on “Nuclear Zero”

    Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, has reiterated the Administration’s commitment to nuclear arms control at the Getting to Zero Conference at Yale University. In her view, nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity regardless of who wields them, and global disarmament is necessary for … More

    Moscow Warns Israel Against Attacking Iran’s Nuclear Sites

    Russia, which has contributed substantially to Iran’s nuclear ambitions by selling it billions of dollars of nuclear technology and obstructing international efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program by acting as Iran’s “diplomatic godfather, is now cynically criticizing Israel for contemplating military options to defuse the threat that Moscow helped … More

    Assad Regime Escalates Repression in Syria After Russia Blocks U.N. Action

    The embattled Assad regime escalated its horrific attempts to crush Syria’s opposition movement this week after Russia, one of its few allies, blocked action by the U.N. Security Council. On Friday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned against any foreign intervention, saying that other countries should “not interfere under any … More

    "Reset" Backfires as Clinton Fails to Reach Foreign Minister Lavrov

    On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wanted to reach her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, to discuss the upcoming U.N. Security Council vote on Syria, but there was nobody on the other end of the line. Apparently, it took Secretary Clinton more than 24 hours to get … More

    Russia Backs Assad to the Bitter End

    In a rare admission of reality, a senior Russia Middle East hand, Duma Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Mikhail Margelov, acknowledged that Russia has “exhausted its arsenal” of support available to the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Yet, despite Western diplomatic efforts, Russia continues to support Assad’s brutal regime. Peaceful protests against … More

    Washington Should Reject 'No Missiles, No Meeting' Russian Blackmail

    Recently, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that there may be no summit between NATO and the Russian Federation if no agreement on missile defense is reached. This is understandable: Moscow has so far refused all Western entreaties to sign a workable missile defense arrangement and threatened that the … More

    Russia’s Dreams Coming True in Administration’s Nuclear Policies

    President Obama is working hard to make a Russian dream of a superior nuclear weapons arsenal come true, writes Heritage’s James Carafano in his most recent op-ed. “The White House has made clear that its signature tool for combating nuclear proliferation is leading by example, and that example is disarmament,” … More