International Security Studies
Iran's nuclear facilities are too dispersed and replicable for military action to guarantee its program would be destroyed, says David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security.
In the Bush era Iran and North Korea were branded "rogue" states for their flouting of international norms, and changing their regimes was the administration's goal. The Obama administration has chosen instead to call the countries nuclear "outliers" and has proposed means other than regime change to bring them back into "the community of nations." Outlier States, the successor to Litwak's influential Regime Change: U.S. Strategy through the Prism of 9/11 (2007), explores this significant policy adjustment and raises questions about its feasibility and its possible consequences.
How much do we really know about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and ability to attack the U.S. and its allies? To explore these questions and more, we spoke with the Wilson Center’s resident expert on nuclear-powered “outlier states,” Robert Litwak.
This article appeared in the Summer 2002 Wilson Quarterly.
A recently released report, National Security and Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, outlines a strategy that the US secretaries of Defense and Energy believe will allow the US to maintain a small but effective nuclear force. Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar William Eldridge comments on the strategy.
European Studies is pleased to welcome Public Policy Scholar Terri Givens. Givens is an associate professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and the author of several books on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe and the Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe. Givens is currently working on a project titled “The Politics of Immigration Policy: Discourses and Denial.”