The begging of the nuclear age at the end of World War II happened, in large part, due to fears that Germany would detonate an atomic bomb first. See how the United States pushed itself to become the world's first nuclear power.
In October 1957, a beach-ball sized metal globe hurtled through space a couple hundred miles above the United States. That orb was the first artificial Earth satellite — Sputnik. Sergei Khrushchev, former missile engineer and son of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, remembers the US-Soviet race into space.
Sanctions on Iran have squeezed the economy since the 1970s, and since US President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal, they have been ratcheting up. Some Iranians are ready to cut and run but others are waiting out the economic storm.
Think tanks with nonprofit status aren't required to say much of anything when it comes to the source of their funding — whether it be billionaires or foreign governments. That can become a problem when such organizations significantly influence foreign policy — such as the Iran nuclear deal — without disclosing to whom they are financially beholden.
During tensions with the United States over Iran's nuclear ambitions, Ayatollah Khamenei has come out and declared a fatwa over the use of nuclear weapons. But what does this really mean for Iran and the recent nuclear deal? The World's host Marco Werman speaks with Omid Safi, a professor of Iranian studies at Duke University and the director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, to find out.
Diplomacy is often awkward, stymied by translators, late nights and unsecured yurt communication (yes, that really happened). But diplomacy can also stop a war, as years of secret and not-so-secret negotiations between the US and Iran proved when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was reached in 2015.
US tensions with Iran are ramping up with no clear plan in sight. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says that while Iran is acting belligerently, the US response is not helping.