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CFR Resources on the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:07:08 -0400

Beginning on March 31, 2016, over fifty world leaders join President Barack Obama in Washington for the fourth and likely final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) offers resources on the global challenge of securing nuclear materials.


Explanation of Vote at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2270 on DPRK Sanctions

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:58:11 -0500

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers gave a speech on March 2, 2016, about the UN Security Council vote North Korea sanctions.


Remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Yi

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:40:03 -0500

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met on February 23, 2016. They discussed North Korea's nuclear tests and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.


Address by President Park Geun-hye to the National Assembly on State Affairs

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:43:50 -0500

South Korean President Park Geun-hye spoke to the National Assembly on February 16, 2016, about North Korea's missile launch on February 7, 2016 and nuclear test on January 6, 2016.


Remarks by Ambassadors to the UN Following Security Council Consultations on North Korea

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:54:05 -0500

The United Nations Security Council met on February 7, 2016, to discuss North Korea's missile launch and previous nuclear test. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, Japanese Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa, and South Korean Ambassador Oh Joon discussed the Security Council's response.


North Korea's H-bomb and the Costs of American Indifference

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:13:07 -0500

The White House moved quickly to debunk North Korea's exaggerated claim that a Jan. 5 "artificial earthquake" at the site where Pyongyang had conducted three previous nuclear tests was a breakthrough detonation of a hydrogen bomb. The size of the blast was similar to that of North Korea's January 2013 test and had a yield thousands of times lower than the yield expected of a hydrogen blast. But in downplaying North Korea's claim so as not to feed Kim Jong-un's cravings for international attention, the Obama administration risks underplaying the growing danger posed by North Korea's unchecked efforts to develop nuclear and missile capabilities needed to threaten a nuclear strike on the United States.



The Truth About 3-D Printing and Nuclear Proliferation

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:39:02 -0500

A recent article on additive manufacturing sounded the alarm over the use of this technology for the production of a nuclear weapon. While the authors, Matthew Kroenig and Tristan Volpe, are correct to assert that additive manufacturing is changing proliferation, today’s clear and present danger comes from conventional weapons, not just nuclear warheads.


Media Files:

International Sanctions on Iran

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:17:12 -0400

U.S. and international sanctions have battered the Iranian economy and brought Tehran to negotiate over its nuclear program. Lifting them is central to a deal but will be a complex process.


Assessing Global Nonproliferation in 2015

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:59 -0400

Experts discuss the status of global nuclear proliferation.


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United States Middle East Policy

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:44:26 -0400

In his testimony before the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Ray Takeyh argues that the United States must find a way to impose limits on Iran's nuclear ambitions through negotiations while restraining its regional ambitions through pressure.


Open Letter to President Obama on Iran Nuclear Negotiations from House Members

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:06:00 -0400

On March 20, 2015, three hundred and sixty-seven House lawmakers signed a letter to President Obama regarding nuclear negotiations with Iran. The letter lists concerns the lawmakers have regarding Iran's ability to build a nuclear weapon and the Iranian government's relations with Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.


Address by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to U.S. Congress

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:08:41 -0500

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the U.S. Congress on March 3, 2015, to address Israel's concerns about U.S. negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program. Prime Minister Netanyahu also gave remarks to the U.S. Congress in 2011.


The Real Danger in Nuclear Modernization

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:40:23 -0500

The real risk to strategic stability may not be the U.S. falling behind the modernization of other countries but in racing aggressively ahead.


Can Iran’s Nuclear Capacity Be Limited?

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:53:35 -0400

Will the extension of Iran's nuclear talks lead to a deal? Expert Robert Litwak says it depends on whether the Iranian regime is prepared to bear the political costs of concessions on uranium enrichment.


The Rouhani Presidency: A kinder, gentler Islamic Republic?

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:15:00 -0400

In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, CFR Senior Fellow Ray Takeyh discusses the perception of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani as a reformer or pragmatist, the role of the Supreme National Security Council, and the future of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.


Berlin and the Arms-Control Debate

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:31:18 -0400

Frank Klotz examines President Obama's Berlin speech and his new nuclear weapons guidance and finds them to be a sensible and balanced approach in the post-Cold War world.


President Obama has said "all options are on the table" regarding Iran. What would a military option look like?

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:40:25 -0400

The United States has long struggled with how to manage Iran's nuclear ambitions. Any U.S. military option in Iran is likely to be dynamic, depending on its objectives.


U.S. Action in Syria Could Sway Iran on Nukes

Wed, 15 May 2013 10:37:25 -0400

According to Meghan O'Sullivan, U.S. action in Syria may have implications for Iran and its nuclear program.


Bomb, Coerce or Contain Iran

Wed, 15 May 2013 10:15:42 -0400

Gregory Koblentz weighs the U.S. foreign policy options toward Iran.


How does Israel's nuclear program contribute to Iran's nuclear ambitions?

Fri, 10 May 2013 09:17:43 -0400

Iran's nuclear ambitions are likely driven by multiple factors, from security concerns to domestic polices. However, political competition within Iran, rather than Israel's nuclear capabilities, plays a more significant role in driving Iran's nuclear ambition.


Is the United States prepared to go to war with North Korea if necessary?

Tue, 07 May 2013 09:47:48 -0400

Since North Korea conducted its latest nuclear test in February 2013, a spiral of heightened international pressure and increasingly threatening provocations by Pyongyang has ensued.


The Iran Project: Strategic Options for Iran: Balancing Pressure with Diplomacy

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:37:12 -0400

"It is time for Washington to rebalance its dual-track policy toward Iran, strengthening the diplomatic track in order to seize the opportunity created by the pressure track. The United States should now dedicate as much energy and creativity to negotiating directly with Iran as it has to assembling a broad international coalition to pressure and isolate Iran. Only by taking such a rebalanced approach might the United States achieve its objectives with respect to Iran's nuclear program."


Secretary Kerry's Remarks at Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce in Seoul, April 2013

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:22:18 -0400

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke on April 12, 2013, at the American Chamber of Commerece in Seoul after his meetings with South Korean President Park and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun. He discussed economic cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the United States and nuclear issues in the region.


A New Containment Policy for Iran, North Korea

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:32:46 -0400

Rather than seeking regime overthrow in North Korea and Iran, Washington should pursue an updated version of Soviet-era containment policy, says expert Robert Litwak.


The Best Red Line for a Nuclear Iran

Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:34:14 -0400

Ray Takeyh warns that the West is falling into a diplomacy trap set by Iranian clerics regarding the nuclear Non-Prolifieration Treaty (NPT).


The Situation in North Korea and the Future of U.S.-China Relations

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:35:44 -0400

Former prime minister of Australia Kevin Rudd discusses the ongoing situation surrounding North Korea's nuclear weapons program and the future of U.S.-China relations with Foreign Affairs managing editor Jonathan Tepperman.


Pakistan's Nuclear Past as Prologue

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:59:29 -0400

Frank Klotz explores the role of history in the Pakistani nuclear program and the challenges for the future in his review of Feroz Hassan Khan's recently released Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb.(image)

The Six Party Talks on North Korea's Nuclear Program

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:26:08 -0500

China's recent push to renew the Six Party Talks, stalled since 2008, has raised hopes for progress on the peninsula despite worries that Pyongyang may have restarted its old nuclear reactor.


UN Security Council Resolution 2094, North Korea

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 09:58:21 -0500

The UN Security Council passed this resolution including economic sanctions on North Korea on March 7, 2013, after North Korea's nuclear test on February 12, 2013. North Korea said it will end its armistice agreement with South Korea if the resolution passed.


The Presidential Inbox: Iran's Nuclear Program

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:00:42 -0500

Participants discuss possible U.S. policy approaches to Iran's nuclear program and the recently concluded talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan.