Iran intercepted a cargo ship today in ths Strait of Hormuz. (Photo from this article.) Last week, an Iranian flotilla headed toward Yemen was turned back by an American warning. So the Iranian navy may need to flex its muscles to respond. Not a good thing, but not cause for war either. Or it may be the Revolutionary Guards trying to stir up trouble to make it more difficult to complete the nuclear agreement. Worth watching, but probably doesn’t amount to much.

Particularly relevant in the light of yesterday’s riots in Baltimore: Wendy Sherman, US negotiator in the P5+1 talks with Iran, talks about her parents’ civil rights activity as she was growing up.

An interview with Siegfried Hecker on North Korea’s nuclear weapons. He says that they probably have fewer than China was recently reported to have estimated.

Mark Hibbs explains the agreement with Iran and the United States Congress to the German Parliament.

Celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II are coming up next week. Here’s why that is a very mixed anniversary in some countries.

A woman should lead the UN.


Long Reads:

Everything you might want to know about mixed-oxide reactor fuel.

Profile of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and his role in the Iran talks.

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev was re-elected this weekend with 97% of the vote. Here are two long articles from Paul Stronski and Luca Anceschi.

Russia’s military options in Ukraine.

Next steps in the Minsk Agreement.

Added later: The death of glasnost: How Russia’s attempt at openness failed.

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