International Security & Defense

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Members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron monitor an operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III missile

USAF/Michael Peterson

Journal Article - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The Overwhelming Case for No First Use

| Jan. 13, 2020

The arguments in favor of the United States' declaring that the only purpose of its nuclear weapons is to deter others who possess them from using theirs — in other words, that in no circumstances will this country use nuclear weapons first — are far stronger than the arguments against this stance. It must be hoped that the next US administration will take this no-first-use step promptly.

Signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

(AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)

Magazine Article - Foreign Affairs

The Shoals of Ukraine: Where American Illusions and Great-Power Politics Collide

| Nov. 22, 2019

Over the past quarter century, nearly all major efforts at establishing a durable post–Cold War order on the Eurasian continent have foundered on the shoals of Ukraine. For it is in Ukraine that the disconnect between triumphalist end-of-history delusions and the ongoing realities of great-power competition can be seen in its starkest form.

Marie Yovanovitch

AP/Andrew Harnik

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Impeachment Is Redeeming the Blob

| Nov. 14, 2019
Stephen Walt writes that the U.S. foreign-policy establishment is responsible for countless woes—but the impeachment proceedings prove parts of it are better than others.  One need not regard it as infallible to recognize that some of its members are genuine patriots acting not from self-interest but from love of country.