Nepali Relief Fund

I’ve taught several Nepali students at Earlham College.  As their country tries to deal with the effects of a terrible natural disaster, these students have set up a fundraising page help channel money towards aid organizations working on the ground.

Congress Not Required: Here’s How to Make an Iran Deal Stick

Click here for my latest blog for The National Interest, which looks back to SALT II for some lessons on how much a deal with Iran can be expected to succeed without Congressional backing.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the SALT II arms-limitation agreement with his Soviet counterpart Leonid Brezhnev. Owing to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan later that year, the treaty was never ratified by the U.S. senate. Even so, the provisions laid out in SALT II were respected by Carter and by his successor Ronald Reagan. The episode thus gives some insight into how and why any possible deal with Iran might be allowed to succeed, despite congressional antipathy towards its contents…