TOP NEWS ANALYSIS: On the current confrontation with Iran War on the Rocks ANALYSIS: Kim Jong Un’s big bang theory: Weapons tests will get Trump talking Wall Street Journal ANALYSIS: The world’s nuclear guardrails are disappearing The Atlantic Russia ANALYSIS: Is ‘escalate to deescalate’ part of Russia’s nuclear toolbox? Russia MattersKevin Ryan 1/8/20 From the president to the official military doctrine, Moscow’s stated position has been that Russia might use a nuclear weapon first only if the survival of the Russian state were at risk. Middle East ANALYSIS: On the current confrontation with Iran War on the RocksRobert Jervis 1/9/20 In making a bold move, as Trump did, he may think that he has taken the initiative and is in control. But this is not the case. ANALYSIS: How quickly could Iran get a nuclear bomb? Defense OneCorey Hinderstein 1/8/20 Iran’s breakout time is still longer today than it was before the Iran deal was signed. REPORT: Containing Tehran: Understanding Iran’s power and exploiting its vulnerabilities Center for Strategic and International StudiesSeth G. Jones 1/6/20 What is badly needed now is a coherent long-term U.S. strategy to deal with Iran in ways that protect U.S. national security and leverage U.S. partners. East Asia ANALYSIS: Kim Jong Un’s big bang theory: Weapons tests will get Trump talking Wall Street JournalTimothy W. Martin and Dasl Yoon 1/9/20 After two years of unsuccessful diplomacy, Pyongyang is betting a more-provocative strategy can work Nuclear Proliferation ANALYSIS: The risk of nuclear proliferation (and war) is growing BloombergAndreas Kluth 1/9/20 As a landmark anti-nuclear treaty turns 50 and Iran goes rogue, the world is in peril. Game theory shows just how great the danger is. Nuclear Escalation ANALYSIS: The world’s nuclear guardrails are disappearing The AtlanticUri Friedman 1/9/20 We’ve gone from the first decade since the advent of the atomic age to not yield a new nuclear-weapons state to the brink of war between the U.S. and Iran.