Force Matters: Why Iran Will Only Disarm Under U.S. Military Pressure

The case of Syria shows that only the U.S .'s credible threat of military force, coupled with diplomacy, will force determined WMD proliferators like Iran to back down and reverse course.

The lead-up to the recent U.S.-Russian agreement to locate and remove or eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons capability was a classic story of how international politics plays out among the strong powers in the global arena. UN agreements and treaties regarding weapons of mass destruction are all very well, but these norms cannot enforce themselves: only states can do that. And the willingness of states to do so...