April 14, 2010
Last week Russia and the US signed the new strategic arms reduction treaty (Start) signalling a significant shift in the focus of America’s nuclear strategy, from its former cold war foes to so-called rogue states. This week at the nuclear summit in Washington China agreed for the first time to work with the United States on a possible sanctions regime against Iran. While the momentum for new UN sanctions against Iran is building so to are fears that military intervention against Tehran is becoming more likely. President Obama’s instincts will ensure he does everything in his power to avoid military conflict with Iran – but he is up against hawkish elements at home.