Using the occasion of his country's "Nuclear Technology Day," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced two breakthroughs in Tehran's nuclear program. Iran is getting closer to its stated goal of a peaceful nuclear energy program--or according to its doubters, a nuclear weapon. An examination of Iran's quest to master the atom.
Pyongyang claims its imminent satellite launch is benign. Other governments are less sanguine, accusing North Korea of preparing for a long-range ballistic missile test. We've been here before. A brief history of the secretive regime's missile and nuclear weapons programs.
Three decades have passed since the morning of March 28, 1979, when the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history took place at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. Those harrowing days are long gone, yet renewed interest in nuclear energy makes the lessons learned from the accident as relevant as ever.
After taking the oath of office this morning, President Barack Obama immediately will face a host of pressing national security challenges--namely, nuclear proliferation, climate change, and bioterrorism. Here are some salient suggestions as to how he can thoughtfully and carefully ameliorate these threats.