Europe

A New Start for Multilateral Arms Control?


The United States welcomed February with an announcement to formally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a decision that will allow both Russia and the United States to greatly expand their arsenal of nuclear weapons. However, the deployment of any new weapon is limited by the last extant...

Americas

On Removing Presidential First Use


The United States’ president can, without congressional permission or expert consultation, order the firing of nuclear weapons at any time and – so long as the nuclear football (a briefcase containing the nuclear codes and firing command) is present – from anywhere. The entire process, from the president opening the...

Middle East

Pivot from the Middle East


Near the end of 2018, President Trump announced, via Twitter, that the United States would withdraw the roughly 2,000 troops it had deployed to Syria. It is believed that this apparent surprise announcement was a contributing factor in Secretary of Defense Mattis’s decision to resign. In addition to losing a Secretary...