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Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

The US is rethinking its approach to the Middle East and has even found commonalities with erstwhile archenemy Iran. Meanwhile, relations with traditional American allies, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, are cooling. A nuclear deal could further the shift. more... Comment ]

Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2015

The Ukraine crisis has dramatically worsened relations between NATO and Russia. With cooperation on nuclear security now suspended and the lack of a "red telephone," experts at the Munich Security Conference warn any escalation in tensions could grow deadly. By Markus Becker in Munich more... Comment ]

Assad's Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

Assad's Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2015

For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria's nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Olli Heinonen on Iran: 'This Is a Step Forward, Without a Doubt'

Olli Heinonen on Iran: 'This Is a Step Forward, Without a Doubt'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

Former IAEA deputy secretary general Olli Heinonen says the nuclear deal with Iran is an important one, with verifiable results and a timetable for a final agreement. Still, he argues, "there is no reason to celebrate." Interview By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

The Geneva nuclear treaty with Tehran offers the West new opportunities and could change the world.  But secret documents suggest it is the hardliners in Iran who stand to profit the most from the new opening. The clear losers are Israel and Saudi Arabia. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

World From Berlin: Don't Lift Iran Sanctions 'Prematurely'

World From Berlin: Don't Lift Iran Sanctions 'Prematurely'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Although German commentators applaud Iran's interim deal with the West to halt its nuclear program as a significant step forward, they also argue Tehran must now prove itself. The bulk of the sanctions must remain in place until a full agreement is reached, they say. more... Comment ]

Iran Talks: Stiffer Sanctions Could Torpedo Nuclear Deal

Iran Talks: Stiffer Sanctions Could Torpedo Nuclear Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2013

Should sanctions against Tehran be tightened? US Senators believe Iran's nuclear activities can only be halted by ratcheting up the pressure. But Secretary of State John Kerry fears this hawkish stance will scuttle talks between world powers and Iran. An Analysis By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

Nuclear Arsenal: US To Turn Old Bombs Into All-Purpose Weapons

Nuclear Arsenal: US To Turn Old Bombs Into All-Purpose Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

The US wants to modernize nuclear bombs stationed in Europe in a way many experts call the equivalent of creating a new weapon. Critics believe the move violates pledges by President Obama he would not develop new nukes. By Markus Becker and Otfried Nassauer more... Comment ]

Obama's Nuclear Push: Moscow Fears Loss of World Power Status

Obama's Nuclear Push: Moscow Fears Loss of World Power Status

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

A world without nuclear weapons? It's a nearly inconceivable scenario for the Kremlin, even if its arsenal costs Russia billions each year. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, the country has suffered a major drop in influence. Now it's doing all it can to cling to the geopolitical power it has left. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more... Comment ]

Berlin Speech: Obama Calls for Cuts in Strategic Nuclear Weapons

Berlin Speech: Obama Calls for Cuts in Strategic Nuclear Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he would seek negotiations with Russia to reduce the number of strategic nuclear weapons they hold by up to a third. more... Comment ]

Mild Rebuff: US Rejects Criticism of Intelligence Practices

Mild Rebuff: US Rejects Criticism of Intelligence Practices

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

President Barack Obama on Wednesday gently rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkel's criticism of US Internet surveillance and gave a light-hearted explanation of why he hasn't kept all his promises: "People don't always do exactly what you want -- it's shocking." more... Comment ]

Berlin Speech: Obama to Make Plea for Nuclear Disarmament

Berlin Speech: Obama to Make Plea for Nuclear Disarmament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

Speculation has been rife in Berlin regarding the possible contents of US President Barack Obama's speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday. Media reports indicate he will be making a renewed push for nuclear disarmament. more... Comment ]