International Security Studies

Events

Nuclear Weapons in International Politics: It's Getting Personal

The role that nuclear weapons play in international politics and security is evolving. For wealthy, militarily powerful countries, nuclear weapons are playing a diminishing role in security planning. Conversely, some countries that lack advanced military capabilities may be coming to see nuclear weapons as increasingly important for their security. The differences between these two groups are reinforced by the fact that, over the past decade, two dictators who ended their nuclear programs have lost their regimes and their lives. As a result, authoritarian leaders may now have an increasingly personal interest in holding on to their nuclear ambitions. U.S. interests can be advanced by minimizing the association that has developed over the past decade between ending nuclear weapons programs, ending regimes, and ending authoritarian leaders’ lives.

Constrainment: A Counterterrorism Strategy for the Post-Iraq Era

The global jihadist movement will ultimately self-destruct, argued Public Policy Scholar Stephanie Kaplan at the latest event in International Security Studies' ongoing Terrorism and Homeland Security Forum. To catalyze this implosion, the U.S. must constrain the movement's operations and narrative.
Adler and Miller

Iran's Nuclear Program: Reaction to the IAEA Report

Is Iran destined to become a nuclear power? Aaron David Miller and Michael Adler weigh the options, including whether military action might succeed where sanctions and diplomacy so far failed.

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Experts & Staff

  • Robert S. Litwak // Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations and Director, International Security Studies
  • Tonya Boyce // Program Assistant, International Security Studies