Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy

Jeffrey Lewis

Foreign Policy

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States

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Past articles by J:

China’s Orbital Bombardment System Is Big, Bad News—but Not a Breakthrough

An attempt to evade missile defenses threatens to worsen a costly arms race. → Read More

How Finding China's New Nuclear Sites Prompted an Online Smear Campaign

Online propaganda doesn’t help solve China’s nuclear dilemmas → Read More

China Has Added Over 100 New Launch Silos for Nuclear Weapons

With more weapons likely, it’s time to go back to arms talks. → Read More

The Nuclear Option

If Biden wants to slow a new arms race, he will need to accept limits on the U.S. missile defense systems that drive it. → Read More

Mike Pompeo Is Bragging About an Imaginary Trump Legacy

Even insurrection didn’t interrupt a tour de force of Twitter bragging. → Read More


How Trump got suckered by Iran and North Korea

He’s pushed Iran closer to going nuclear — and spurred an arms race in North Korea, Russia, and China. → Read More

A Mysterious Explosion Took Place in Russia. What Really Happened?

Russia’s catastrophic test of a nuclear-powered missile proves that a new global arms race will mean new nuclear accidents. → Read More

North Korea is keeping its nukes. That seems to be fine with Trump now.

The administration is treating North Korea like the nuclear power it is. → Read More


Opinion: Trump Just Walked Away From The Best North Korea Deal He'll Ever Get

Though hardly what the president had hoped for, the agreement on offer would have been a step away from the taunts and threats of 2017 and should have been taken, writes nuclear expert Jeffrey Lewis. → Read More

Anyone could have seen Trump’s failure in Hanoi coming. Except Trump.

U.S. officials are deluding themselves if they think Kim Jong Un will disarm before sanctions end. → Read More

The Real North Korea Summit Is Inside the Trump Administration

It’s clear by now what North Korea is willing to offer in nuclear negotiations. The question is what the United States makes of it. → Read More

China and Russia aren't the reasons Trump is pulling out of the nuclear treaty. He has no reason — and that's the point.

The decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty wasn't made on the basis of some model showing the balance of nuclear forces. → Read More

Nuclear Deals and Double Standards

Trump is putting the global nonproliferation regime at risk. → Read More

Trump's North Korea policy rep is supposed to prevent relations from collapsing — but he fundamentally misunderstands Pyongyang

In August of this year, Stephen Biegun was appointed as US special representative for North Korea policy. Despite his enthusiasm, Biegun fundamentally misunderstands relations with North Korea, how they developed, and how they will unfold. → Read More

Point and Nuke

Remembering the era of portable atomic bombs. → Read More


After The Trump-Kim Summit, U.S. And North Korea Appear As Far Apart As Ever

The U.S. and North Korean accounts of the summit show two sides that seem as far apart as ever. In fact, the accounts seem to be about different meetings, writes nonproliferation expert Jeffrey Lewis. → Read More

Trump’s Reality-Show Presidency Makes Good TV, and Very Bad Diplomacy

Trump believes a few hostile tweets and promises of aid will get Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear weapons. He believes this because that’s how it works on television. → Read More

The Photo-Op Summit

America isn't going to achieve any of its stated objectives by meeting with North Korea in Singapore. And that's okay. → Read More

Kim Jong Un is the real artist of the deal, not Donald Trump

The North Korean leader is outmaneuvering President Trump. → Read More

Bibi’s Informercial for the Iran Deal –

Smoke and mirrors aside, the Israeli prime minister's presentation was an endorsement of existing nuclear diplomacy with Tehran. → Read More