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North Korea’s endgame

There is little doubt that North Korea will fall; what matters is how. The manner of the regime's demise depends on how others handle it. A gentle transition is possible, but so is an East German-style collapse, or, even, a…
Aidan Foster-Carter  

Nuclear green

Nuclear energy is the only technology capable of meeting the world's expanding needs safely, without contributing to global warming. But misplaced fears about weapons proliferation, nuclear waste and another "Chernobyl" are preventing politicians from plain speaking
John Ritch  

The new nuclear threat

Most people asssume that the end of the cold war has erased the risk of nuclear confrontation. But the break-up of the Soviet Union has actually increased the risk of accidental or "unauthorised" nuclear strikes
Christoph Bluth  

The bugs of war

Biological weapons are easy to make, but difficult to deliver. They nevertheless give small, poor states the same clout as nuclear powers. The fear of such weapons may have saved Saddam from annihilation in 1991, says Helga Graham
Helga Graham  

Desert storm II

Imagine what would happen if the US and its western allies went to war with a "rogue" state which possessed nuclear and chemical weapons. François Heisbourg peers through the sandstorm

Meet the president

As a young Solidarity activist in 1980 Radek Sikorski worshipped Lech Walesa. Ten years later, as deputy defence minister in Poland's first freely elected government, he met President Walesa, a political thug bent on buying nuclear weapons from the Russians
Radek Sikorski  

Britannia’s grab-bag globalism

Britain's postwar foreign policy has lurched between Washington and Brussels and is now based on an unsustainable "freelance" globalism. The only way to reverse the decline of Britain's international influence, argues Simon Head, is to take the lead in a…
Simon Head