Friday Flashpoints – Our Weekend Reading List
The Diplomat’s Editor selects the top five defense and foreign policy articles for your weekend reading pleasure.
Arms Race: 21st Century Style
Often times differences in national interest and capabilities result in countries trying to counter one another through dissimilar means.
5 Ways to Build a Stable U.S.-China Strategic Relationship
Building a “win-win” strategic relationship is important to both nations. Here are 5 ways to do it.
New Year, New Problem? Pakistan's Tactical Nukes
Pakistan is developing a new generation of smaller “tactical” nuclear weapons. The dangers and challenges such arms present are very real.
The Case for Continued Engagement with Iran
Negotiations between Iran and the West have not led to a deal, but engagement is still the most promising way to end the nuclear impasse.
Beyond Nuclear Denial
How a world-ending weapon disappeared from our lives, but not our world, says William D. Hartung.
Preventing Nuclear Disaster
The IAEA has confirmed almost two dozen incidents of theft or loss of fissile materials. Last week’s nuclear, though, ended with no agreement on enforcement to stop terrorists acquiring them.
How to Stop Kim’s "Satellite" Test
North Korea’s promise to launch a satellite has prompted international condemnation. But the U.S. and others have options available to stop it.
India Eyes Privileged Partner Poll
India will have been paying close attention to parliamentary elections in Russia. The two countries have plenty of shared defense, strategic and nuclear interests.
Why No One Wants an Iran Deal
The U.S., China, Russia and Israel all have reasons for not wanting to negotiate a settlement to the Iran nuclear crisis. So does Tehran.
Memo to Iran: Obama Won’t Let It Go
The latest IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear program has strengthened the hand of those calling for tougher action. But the U.S. should open the diplomacy door wider.
China's Underground Great Wall
Some analysts suggest China’s vast network of underground tunnels is evidence it is undertaking a massive build-up of its nuclear arsenal. Actually, China has reason to worry about the US.