Hot Topic: Israel’s Nukes and Iran’s Nukes

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The way that the nuclear weapons world works today is that if you are “trusted” by the US and Europe — you can overtly or covertly hold on to your nukes, particularly if a nation is not part of the non-proliferation regime. But if you aren’t trusted, you can’t have them under any circumstances.

The Japan Election and Consequences: Bob Schieffer, Kurt Campbell, Michael Green & Steve Clemons

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I really enjoyed participating in this Schieffer series panel discussion titled “Understanding Japan’s Elections: What the Elections Mean for Asia and the United States” moderated by CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer.

On Afghanistan: Two Bipartisan Consensuses?

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Cato Institute foreign policy program Christopher Preble has a smart piece on the Partnership for a Secure America blog “Across the Aisle” today correctly noting that there is no bipartisan divide on US strategy in Afghanistan. Instead, there is a divide between “two bipartisan consensuses.

Guest Note by Dean Baker: Job Situation May Be Improving

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Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He is one of the leading voices who warned early of the impending housing bubble — and his economic analysis, as measured by forecasts and then results, has been extremely impressive over the years.

Which Comes First for Turkey and the EU: Reforms or Membership?

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The Economist has a helpful analysis of the troubled accession negotiations between Turkey and the European Union. One important point made in the article is that Europe requires Turkey to adopt all of the European Union reforms before it is granted membership.