national security

Say what you will about North Korea. It’s “backwards,” impoverished, isolated, led by an enigmatic, secretive leader, or even that it is “the land of no smiles” whose people live a life on the edge of survival. To varying degrees, these negative descriptions are true. It’s hard to escape the stark reality that a nation of some 23 million people with reasonably rich mineral and agricultural resources produces less than one-tenth than the state of Pennsylvania – roughly the same size but with half the population. Read more »
Posted by Paul Carroll on September 27, 2012
Foreign Policy magazine named Ploughshares Fund grantee Heather Hurlburt one of the top 50 most powerful Democrats on foreign policy September 3. Heather is the executive director of the National Security Network (NSN). Read more »
Posted by Rebecca Remy on September 6, 2012
Today's Supreme Court ruling upholding Obama's health care law is good news for the uninsured. But it's also good news for foriegn policy. How, you ask? Joe Cirincione gives a great answer today on Huffington Post.  Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on June 28, 2012
To give us a better handle on the current situation with Iran, we spoke with Reza Marashi, Research Director for the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). Reza served in the U.S. Department of State for four years in the Office of Iranian Affairs, and his articles have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and The National Interest. He is a contributor to CNN, NPR, and the BBC, among others. Here, he gives us his take on the latest developments in Iran and what they might mean for national security. Read more »
Posted on June 8, 2012
Though the Baghdad talks have been criticized in the press for failing to achieve a breakthrough, a discussion hosted this week by the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force suggested that there is hope in the fact that “these were the first substantive discussions between Iran and the international community on the issue of the nuclear program in more than two years.” Read more »
Posted by Nora Wilkinson on May 30, 2012
Indiana Senator Richard Lugar is a tough, seasoned conservative who could be brutal when fighting for his positions.  When it came to national security issues, however, Senator Lugar always put the national interest above partisan politics. On May 8, he lost the Indiana Republican primary election. Read more »
Posted by admin on May 9, 2012
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is convinced that Iran is on the verge of acquiring a nuclear weapon. He believes that the Iranians cannot be deterred through diplomacy, and he views the Iranian threat as one that may bring about a second Jewish Holocaust. His generals disagree. Read more »
Posted by Joel Rubin on May 3, 2012
Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA) has come out in strong support of a political solution to the Iran crisis. She is cautiously optimistic that the next round of talks in Baghdad on May 23, "may lead to a breakthrough on Iran's nuclear program," she wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle April 30. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on May 2, 2012