After Israel’s Spies Hit Iran Hard, an Intelligence Official Loses His Job

After a series of damaging failures, a senior Iranian intelligence official lost his job and a Revolutionary Guards general was said to have been arrested.

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Naftali Bennett’s Exit Interview

Israel’s departing prime minister reflects on a government that tried to put pragmatism ahead of ideology. 

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Trump’s Shadow Looms Over Fading Iran Nuclear Talks

With no compromise in sight and Iran making steady progress toward nuclear capability, the Biden administration could soon face a stark choice.

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Fears Grow Over Iran’s Nuclear Program as Tehran Digs a New Tunnel Network

The conflict over the program is about to flare again as President Biden travels next month to Israel and Saudi Arabia, Iran’s two biggest regional rivals.

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North Korea’s Covid Outbreak Is Scary, and an Opportunity

Kim Jong-un may be ready to re-engage with the world

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Russia Is Down. But It’s Not Out.

Despite its failures in Ukraine, we shouldn’t write Russia off.

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Putin’s Threats Highlight the Dangers of a New, Riskier Nuclear Era

After generations of stability in nuclear arms control, a warning to Russia from President Biden shows how old norms are eroding.

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We Must Prepare for Putin’s Worst Weapons

The West needs to prepare options for how we would respond militarily and economically to a seismic shift in the global geopolitical terrain.

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There Are Two Endgames in Ukraine. Both Carry Big Risks.

Is there a third option looming for the next six months of war in Ukraine?

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Biden Could Make the World Safer, but He’s Too Afraid of the Politics

The administration knows how to get the Iran nuclear deal back. It’s just afraid of Republicans.

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10 Americans Discuss the Ukraine War

In Times Opinion’s latest focus group, 10 Americans talked about Vladamir Putin, Volodymyr Zelensky and where the war in Ukraine goes from here.

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C.I.A. Director Says Putin Might Consider Nuclear Weapons

William J. Burns, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, cautioned that he had seen no “practical evidence” that would suggest such a move was imminent.

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The Fear of Nuclear War Looms

Three decades after the Cold War ended, Putin has reminded us that many of the nuclear weapons that once terrified us still exist.

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How America Watches for a Nuclear Strike

Hundreds of satellites and spacecraft are keeping an eye on Russia’s nuclear forces from above. So far, they haven’t seen much to worry about.

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Defying Putin’s Nuclear Threat — Responsibly

Vladimir Putin made a threat of nuclear weapons. The U.S. and NATO should be less deferential.

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This Is What It’s Like to Witness a Nuclear Explosion

I watched a hydrogen bomb detonate. I hope no one ever has to see that sight.

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Relocation of Presidential Office in Seoul Heightens Security Concerns

The South Korean president-elect’s decision to move both the presidential office and the Defense Ministry comes at a time when North Korea is rapidly escalating tension.

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U.S. Makes Contingency Plans in Case Russia Uses Its Most Powerful Weapons

A team of national security officials has been assigned to sketch out responses if President Vladimir V. Putin unleashes chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

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How Will the Ukraine War End?

The Russian invasion has essentially stalled. Will it end in a peaceful resolution or something far more terrible?

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A New Iran Deal Leaves Us Meeker and Weaker

A new pact would strengthen the world’s antidemocratic axis. 

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The Smaller Bombs That Could Turn Ukraine Into a Nuclear War Zone

Military experts say a new generation of nuclear weapons has raised the risk that Mr. Putin might introduce less destructive atomic arms into the battlefields in and around Ukraine.

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Why America Should Not Deepen Its Military Involvement in Ukraine

Any direct conflict between the United States and Russia could make this humanitarian crisis much worse. 

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As Russia Digs In, What’s the Risk of Nuclear War? ‘It’s Not Zero.’

A series of shifts in Russian statements about using nuclear weapons has led some analysts to believe that the Kremlin sees a nuclear exchange as a viable strategy.

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Why North Korea Is Testing Ballistic Missiles

You could be forgiven for forgetting about North Korea, which went quiet for a stretch. Now there’s been a burst of missile tests in the new year.

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India Accidentally Fires a Missile at Pakistan. Calm Ensues.

Mistrust runs deep between the nuclear-armed neighbors, but Pakistan had a low-key response to what India called a “technical malfunction.” No casualties were reported.

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Iran Nuclear Talks Paused Following Russian Demands to Ease Sanctions

A deal to revive the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran is “essentially ready,” a top E.U. official says, but has run into complications because of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

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U.S. Says North Korea Is Testing a New Intercontinental Missile

The missile, first displayed in 2020, was tested twice in recent days. While it is unclear whether it can reach the U.S., it poses a new military challenge to President Biden in the midst of the Ukraine war.

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Evgeny Maslin, Russian General Who Secured Nuclear Arsenal, Dies at 84

He persuaded Ukraine and other post-Soviet states to give up their weapons, then worked with the U.S. to safeguard and dismantle thousands of them.

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How to Avoid Nuclear War With Russia

It’s often better to constrain yourself than to limit your enemy’s choices.

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North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile, South Korea Says

The launch is North Korea’s second missile test in a week and comes only days before the presidential election in South Korea.

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Washington’s Newest Worry: The Dangers of Cornering Putin

Surprised by the speed at which sanctions have been poured on Russia, Biden’s top aides suspect that Putin’s reaction will be to double down and lash out — and perhaps expand the war.

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Putin Is Brandishing the Nuclear Option. How Serious Is the Threat?

The Russian president has ordered his nuclear forces into a higher state of alert — the first time the Kremlin has done so since 1991.

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Putin Declares a Nuclear Alert, and Biden Seeks De-escalation

When the Russian leader ordered his nuclear forces into “special combat readiness,” the U.S. could have gone on high alert. Instead, the administration tried not to inflame him.

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We Are All Living in Vladimir Putin’s World Now

It’s shaped by historical resentments and great power politics. And it’s going to be ugly.

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Beyond Ukraine, Putin Eyes What He Calls America’s ‘Empire of Lies’

The Russian leader is consumed by revanchist fury and convinced of a relentless Western plot against Moscow.

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Beyond Ukraine, the Target is What Putin Calls America’s ‘Empire of Lies’

The Russian leader is consumed by revanchist fury and convinced of a relentless Western plot against Moscow.

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Putin, warning against interference, says that Russia is a ‘powerful nuclear state.’

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Putin Spins a Conspiracy Theory That Ukraine Is on a Path to Nuclear Weapons

Russia’s president has made such arguments before, but usually as asides — not as the justification for urgent action in Ukraine.

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Ukraine and a Post-Pax Americana World

We’ll miss it when it’s gone.

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North Korea Builds ICBM Base Near China to Deter U.S.

The location is meant to protect its most powerful weapons from pre-emptive strikes, allowing the military to expand an already rapidly growing arsenal.

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Ukraine Gave Up Nuclear Weapons 30 Years Ago. Today There Are Regrets.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, Ukraine turned over thousands of atomic weapons in exchange for security guarantees from Russia, the United States and other countries.

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U.S. and Allies Close to Reviving Nuclear Deal With Iran, Officials Say

A return to a 2015 accord is on the table, but the next decisions are up to the new government in Tehran, the Biden administration says.

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Can Biden Avert a Crisis With North Korea?

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has done six missile tests this month — equal to all of 2021 — and called on the nation to prepare for “long-term confrontation.”

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North Korea Launches 2 Ballistic Missiles, South Korea Says

It was the North’s ​sixth missile test this month, the South Korean military said.

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Why Is North Korea Suddenly Launching So Many Missiles?

Experience has shown Kim Jong-un that saber-rattling is the best way to get Washington’s attention, especially when global affairs are already in a precarious state.

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War Looms Between Russia and Ukraine, but Diplomatic Options Remain

Fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are growing, but diplomatic options remain.

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The U.S. and Iran Move Closer to a Nuclear Deal

As negotiations reach a critical stage, neither side wants to betray weakness by seeming too eager to reach a deal.

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The Challenges of Keeping Schools Open

Readers discuss the teacher shortage and conditions in inner-city schools. Also: The nuclear threat; saving the free press; Meredith Willson.

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Israeli Defense Officials Cast Doubt on Threat to Attack Iran

Israel has threatened military action to destroy Iran’s nuclear program if need be. But defense officials say Israel does not have the ability, at least not anytime soon.

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Scientists Ask Biden to Cut U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

In a letter, the scientists also urged President Biden to declare that the United States would never be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict.

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