Nuclear Nonproliferation

Trump, Kim, and the Challenge of Peace
Trump, Kim, and the Challenge of Peace

While many are hopeful about the current back and forth between Trump and Kim, the history of US-North Korea relations gives little cause for hope.

Should Human Rights Be on the Table in Korea Talks?
To Meet or Not to Meet? North Korean Interests, Ideals, and Summits

If Trump can somehow cajole or charm Kim into beginning a process that would allow the North Korean people to be treated like people, that would be a win for humanity.

Pushover or Push Beyond? Rebeccah Heinrichs on the US Withdrawal from Iran Deal
Pushover or Push Beyond? Rebeccah Heinrichs on the US Withdrawal from Iran Deal

Three years after Obama finalized the Iran deal, President Trump withdrew the US, and today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out a new and very ambitious path forward.

Good Riddance to a Bad Iran Deal
The Return to Reason: A Defense of Trump’s Iran Decision

The core problem with the Iran deal is not in its details, but rather in the nature of Iran.

Between Iran and a Hard Place: Will the US Follow-Through?
Between Iran and a Hard Place: Will the US Follow-Through?

Trump could have chosen the deal. He could have chosen retrenchment. But he could not choose both.

Macron, De Gaulle, America, and France
Macron, De Gaulle, America, and France

Headlines stressed French President Macron’s purportedly implied critique of Trump in his address to the United States Congress last week. But more significant is its continuity with the historical American-French friendship, however sometimes bumpy. Macron noted his speech was on the fifty-eighth anniversary of his predecessor President Charles de Gaulle’s 1960 address to the US Congress.

Can We Truly Reason with North Korea? Kim Jong il Nuclear Program Donald Trump Negotiate
Can We Truly Reason with North Korea?

Keeping in mind North Korea’s record of dishonesty, President Trump would do well to keep the arrows of US force close at hand, even as he extends the olive branch of peaceful negotiation.

When Human Rights Violations are a National Security Issue: The North Korean Slave Trade
When Human Rights Violations are a National Security Issue: The North Korean Slave Trade

While realists and liberal internationalists typically argue about whether the goal of foreign policy should be to achieve pragmatic objectives or to support our fundamental beliefs about the value of human lives, adherents to either school likely would agree that working to end the scourge of the North Korean slave trade meets the threshold for action.

Preempting Preemption: How America Can Respond to North Korea’s Nuclear Program
Preempting Preemption: How America Can Respond to North Korea’s Nuclear Program

North Korea’s nuclear-weapons tests, missile launches, and threats to attack American territory are hostile acts. What is debatable is how the United States and allies should respond.