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IAEA: Iran agrees to nuclear talks


Nuclear talks will resume this week in Turkey between Iran and six world powers, the U.N. nuclear watchdog reported Monday.

S. Korean government says North preparing for third nuclear test

Chico Harlan / Washington Post

As North Korea prepares for a long-range rocket launch within the next week, the South Korean government has released fresh evidence that, it says, suggests a nuclear test soon could follow.

Mubarak’s intelligence chief joins race for Egypt presidency

The Guardian

The intelligence chief of Egypt’s deposed leader Hosni Mubarak formally joined the race for the presidency on Sunday , a last-minute entrance that raises the heat in a contest pitting former regime figures against newly-assertive Islamists.

Turkey Accuses Syria of Firing on Refugees at the Border


Prospects for a peaceful solution to Syria’s conflict on the eve of a cease-fire deadline appeared to diminish further Monday as Turkish officials accused the Syrian military of shooting and killing refugees crossing the border into Turkey, and a senior Foreign Ministry official said the cease-fire plan was void.

US Navy deploys 2nd aircraft carrier to Gulf


The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

Jalali to contest 2014 presidential vote

Mir Agha Samimi / Pajhwok Afghan News

A former interior minister announced on Saturday he would contest the 2014 presidential election, saying his decision was based on the consistent demand of his supporters. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Ali Ahmad Jalali said his backers had asked him to join the 2009 presidential race that saw Hamid Karzai re-elected for a five-year term.

How to Engage Iran

Hossein Mousavian / Foreign Affairs

There is a peaceful path — one that will satisfy both Iranian and U.S. objectives while respecting Iran’s legitimate nuclear rights. Washington and Tehran must find that right path together, and, despite what passes for debate in the international arena today, I believe they can.

The Future is Fusion

Peak Oil

While these initial forays into the world of alternative energy are wonderful in their own right, and while they are certainly helping to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, they are only partial solutions and intermediary technologies on the way to something even better, something that will completely and permanently solve our energy crisis: Fusion power.

Pakistan on the Brink by Ahmed Rashid – review

Jason Burke / The Guardian

Over the past 15 years Ahmed Rashid has established a well-earned reputation as a meticulous, reliable and authoritative chronicler of events in south-west and central Asia. This latest work is effectively an update of his lengthy and important Descent into Chaos (2008). Despite its title, it actually covers Afghanistan in as much detail as Pakistan.

On this day – Surrender at Appomattox (1865)

Eyewitness to History

With his army surrounded, his men weak and exhausted, Robert E. Lee realized there was little choice but to consider the surrender of his Army to General Grant. After a series of notes between the two leaders, they agreed to meet on April 9, 1865, at the house of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Courthouse. The meeting lasted approximately two and one-half hours and at its conclusion the bloodiest conflict in the nation’s history neared its end

UPCOMING EVENT: Nuclear Security Media Call with Ambassador Linton Brooks

On Our Flashpoint Blog


Gold: The Nuke Review: March 28- April 5

As the P5+1 gears up for its first summit with Iran in more than a year, Iran dismisses Istanbul as the summit’s location. Read this story and more in this week’s Nuke Review.

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