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    North Korea Threatens 'New Form' of Nuclear Test

    North Korea threatened on March 30 to carry out a “new form of nuclear test for bolstering up our nuclear deterrence.” The regime declared it has a “more diversified nuclear deterrence” to be used for hitting medium- and long-range targets “with a variety of striking power.” Pyongyang also warned that … More

    President Obama Shakes Hands with Cuban Dictator

    Earlier today at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s dictator, Raul Castro. This exchange marks the third time in history that leaders of these respective countries have exchanged public greetings; the first handshake occurred at the United Nations in 2000, between Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro, … More

    Fans of Iran's President Make "Yes We Can" Music Video

    After extracting a favorable agreement at the Geneva talks, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is on top of the world. One hundred days into Rouhani’s presidency, Iranian performers honored him with a music video (entitled “Aspirations”) that mirrors President Obama’s 2008 “Yes We Can” music video. Using the same black and … More

    A Bad Nuclear Deal with Iran Could Lead to War

    The deal that the Obama Administration struck at the Geneva talks yesterday amounts to a flawed agreement that risks reducing sanctions pressure on Iran over next six months in return for easily reversible Iranian pledges, some of which Iran has given before but subsequently reneged on. The deal requires Iran … More

    As Kerry Signs “Less Than Useless” U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, Congress Responds

    Today, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on behalf of the United States. The reaction from Congress has been immediate, and rightfully so. In his remarks at the Signing Ceremony, Secretary Kerry offered the usual tired justifications for the treaty, which will supposedly “lift … More

    Syrian Geopolitical Chess: Putin’s One-Two Punch

    Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times is an attempt to talk to the American people over the heads of its elected representatives. For a Russian foreign policy practitioner, it is also an act of information warfare. After all, Russia views the United States as a strategic competitor, if … More

    Secretary Kerry’s Pointless U.N. Trip

    John Kerry traveled to the United Nations for the first time as Secretary of State on Thursday to attend a Security Council meeting on “The Situation in the Great Lakes Region: Supporting the Great Lakes Framework.” In his rather verbose statement, he called on all parties to end support of … More

    U.N. Intervention Brigade in Congo Greeted with Increased Violence

    The United Nations’ peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has not significantly improved the situation in the DRC. The lack of progress and the recent escalation of violence raise questions about whether U.N. peacekeeping operations are the best means for addressing ongoing conflicts like those in … More

    U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in Mali Poised for Failure

    The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a United Nations peacekeeping force to Mali, the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The U.N. has previously avoided such peacekeeping missions, and with good reason. Some of the U.N.’s darkest hours were the result of peacekeeping missions sent in the absence … More

    Kerry Signals Conditional U.S. Commitment to U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    On Friday afternoon—the traditional time to issue unpopular statements—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signaled the conditional commitment of the U.S. to the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The conditions were as important as the commitment: According to Kerry, the U.S. wants a “strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty” that … More