It’s not a surprise that North Korea was able to build a secret uranium enrichment plant considering they were able to help Syria construct a secret nuclear facility that went undetected for years. An unclassified report on North Korean nuclear proliferation issued by the House Intelligence committee in 2006 when I was chairman noted North Korea’s repeated covert enrichment efforts in spite of treaties dating back to the 1990s.
As Israeli-Palestinian negotiations lurch from crisis to crisis, Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders have been suggesting they may go to the United Nations to seek resolutions confirming the illegality of Israel’s settlements in the occupied territories and recognizing a reality of Palestinian statehood.
Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest questions burning up the blogosphere today.
Will President Obama be able to round up the votes to pass the START treaty?
Tomorrow, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron join other NATO leaders in Lisbon for a Summit meeting that will define the future of the Alliance.
NATO has achieved some notable successes since the fall of the Berlin Wall: helping Eastern Europe to transition from communist dictatorship to democratic prosperity; underwriting peace in the Balkans; and sustaining a high intensity campaign in Afghanistan. But where does the Alliance go from here, in a world in which the threats – and the very concept of security - is rapidly changing?
British Foreign Secretary William Hague delivered the following speech at Georgetown University today:
Good afternoon and thank you all for coming to hear me speak today. I am delighted to be back at Georgetown. It has been quite a few years since my last visit in 1982 at the tender age of 21, when I spoke in a debate about British policy in Northern Ireland. I am glad to say that that policy has since been successful, with a great deal of support from the United States. One of the reasons I was keen to come back was the very enjoyable weekend I spent here after the debate, about which I will only say that students at this University know how to have a very good time.
It is ironic that critics of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) use missile defense as an excuse to oppose Senate approval. In reality, New START has cleared the path for missile defense.
With the election behind us, and representatives still celebrating (or not) back in their home states, time is running out to affect a foreign policy matter that will have lasting implications on global stability for decades. On October 20th the White House sent details to the U.S. Congress of the largest arms sale in American history, which prompted the 30 calendar day countdown for Congress to object to it before it automatically goes through. This sale is a $60 billion package of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia. When the elected officials return to Washington on November 15th, they will have four days to act if they have an objection. While an outright objection is very unlikely, it would be unwise to let this arms deal sail through without serious oversight from the Congress.