The Senate voted 67 to 28 Tuesday to move to a final vote on the new START treaty. Ratification would constitute a big political victory for a president who took a beating in the midterm elections.
Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, and now, Obama all envisioned a world free of nuclear weapons. The US-Russian START accord, announced Friday, is a next step in that direction, experts say.
Obama will chair a UN Security Council summit on nuclear nonproliferation Thursday – the first US president to preside over the body.
Obama and Russian President Medvedev on Monday outlined reductions in strategic warheads and launch vehicles.
Backers say the agreement with the United Arab Emirates is a model for other countries in the region. But critics worry about the UAE's ties with Iran.
They’ve had differences, but Obama is expected to name her as secretary of State.
A period of reestablishing relations with Iran's partners seems likely. Also expect contacts with lower-tier Iranian officials.