Jacques E. C. Hymans

Articles by Jacques E. C. Hymans

12 October 2015

The psychology of nuclear restraint

Jacques E. C. Hymans

The key variable that changed in August 1945 and led to 70 years of nuclear peace was the perceived enormity of the choice to drop the bomb.

25 April 2014
AmericasEurope/RussiaMiddle East

How the IAEA went from lapdog to watchdog in Iraq

Jacques E. C. Hymans

A review of the book Dismantling the Iraqi Nuclear Programme: The Inspections of the International Atomic Energy Agency, 1991-1998 by Gudrun Harrer

12 February 2014
Middle East

Don’t panic if the Iran nuclear negotiations fail

Jacques E. C. Hymans

Why a Middle Eastern proliferation nightmare scenario is just that—a bad dream.

17 January 2012

Crying wolf about an Iranian nuclear bomb

Jacques E. C. Hymans

The long-simmering international crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions may now have reached a boiling point. Washington is imposing sanctions on Iranian oil exports, the heart of the Iranian economy. And Tehran, in turn, is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which nearly a fifth of the world's oil trade passes on a daily basis.  The potential for outright war between the United States and Iran has never seemed more plausible.

28 May 2009

Discarding tired assumptions about North Korea

Jacques E. C. Hymans

North Korea's latest nuclear test has rekindled the old debate among U.S. foreign policy "owls"--we may leave aside the hawk and dove purists--over how to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Dovish owls argue that Kim Jong Il knows his country is a near-failed state. Therefore, he would gladly give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for a generous package of U.S. aid and security guarantees. In this reading, Pyongyang's latest nuclear test is a demand for attention from a new U.S. administration it wants to do business with.

1 May 2007
Building the Bomb is a form of national self-expression–and that's especially the case for Kim Jong II.