The Issue: Iran's nuclear program -- are talks for real?

The Issue: Iran's nuclear program -- are talks for real?

Newly installed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been on a charm offensive this month trying to convince the West Tehran has no intention of building nuclear weapons but whether he actually reflects the true intent of the mullahs who actually run the country or is just blowing smoke is a complicated question.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

EU ponders next step toward arming Syrian opposition

BRUSSELS, June 14 (UPI) -- Suddenly the European Union finds itself in "the thick of it" as it ponders what to do next after U.S. President Barack Obama decided for Western alliance that chosen rebel groups in Syria will be armed to topple Bashar Assad.
Analyst: Can't stop Afghan corruption

Analyst: Can't stop Afghan corruption

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 8 (UPI) -- The fight against government corruption in Afghanistan is being put on a back burner as Americans prepare for a graceful exit, a U.S. military analyst said.

Arabs plan $63 billion air power buildup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Middle Eastern states are focusing on building up air-defense capabilities, a market expected to generate $62.9 billion over the current decade.

The new presidency and the future of American military power -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- It is a minor miracle that no federal office building or Washington think tank has ever collapsed under the weight of unread transition studies. Presidents-elect simply don't have the time to read the flood of material they are sent, transition teams often spend more time job-seeking than transitioning, and once new administrations actually pick their team at the Cabinet level, Cabinet members tend to conduct their own transition effort.
ANTHONY CORDESMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Commentary: Dr. Coue's geopolitical myths

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- To corral some 40 nations to attend the Annapolis, Md., summit last Nov. 27 on midwifing a Palestinian state, President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice relied on the "Coue method," or the healing power of the imagination. After an almost seven-year hiatus, glasses were half full and filling, and dark clouds were studded with silver linings.

Commentary: New terrorist nexus

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The Iraq War has detracted Washington from the emerging geographic nexus of Islamist terrorism. Taliban and al-Qaida are now dominant on the Pak-Afghan border. Chaos reigns in Pakistan, which many terrorists call home. And Afghanistan is in friendly hands by day, Taliban by night.

Defense Focus: Quantity not quality

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A new analysis of the Israel-Syria military balance of power by Anthony H. Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington, D.C. concludes that while the Syrian army is much larger than the Israeli army, it remains far inferior in its quality.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Number of U.S. wounded at 2004 levels

BAGHDAD, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The number of U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq has jumped upward since a push to curb sectarian violence in Baghdad began.

Commentary: War, Peace & Rev. Moon

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- At a recent conference on World Peace, my hotel room window faced directly onto the Pentagon, where, of course, everyone is preparing for war. And on the day the conference opens, world peace is taking a beating.
JOHN BLOOM, UPI Reporter-at-Large

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Not so fast on Iraq, expert says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- As debate rages in Washington on how and when to deal with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, one of the most influential U.S. strategists warns that the relatively e
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Anthony H. Cordesman, chairman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies testifies on the status of Iraq since the surge in Washington on Capitol Hill on June 27, 2007. (UPI Photo/Dominic Bracco II)..
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