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China And Sri Lanka: Between A Dream And A Nightmare
By Jeff M. Smith, The Diplomat, November 18, 2016

My previous article for The Diplomat examined Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's trip to Beijing and the security and economic implications of the deals he sealed with China to construct ports and artificial islands in the Philippines. 
 
In Foreign Affairs this May, I wrote about the implications of China's investments in the Sri Lankan ports of Colombo and Hambantota, which had not only plunged Sri Lanka into debt, but raised questions about the security and defense consequences of Beijing's use of economic statecraft, including in rekindling Sino-Indian rivalry. 
 
The emergence of new details about China's endeavors in Sri Lanka merit revisiting what is quickly becoming a case study for China's emerging One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. 

Trump And Iran: What The Next Administration Can Do
By Ilan Berman, Foreign Affairs, November 16, 2016

The United States’ relationship with Iran tops the list of foreign policy issues that will confront President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office in January. Like many of the other Republican presidential candidates, Trump was an early and staunch opponent of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the controversial nuclear deal concluded last summer between six world powers and Iran. But Trump took up contradictory positions on the deal over the course of his campaign, at times promising to tear it up and at others suggesting he would simply amend it.

When Modi Met Abe: Asia's Strongest Democracies Are Joining Forces
By Jeff Smith, The National Interest, November 16, 2016

Like every news event that shared last week with the U.S. presidential elections, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan was swallowed up by American electoral headlines. What attention his summit with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe did attract centered on the consummation of a long-pending nuclear cooperation deal. For a host of reasons covered extensively elsewhere, the deal is symbolically and practically significant for both countries. 

Lead From Behind No Longer
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, November 11, 2016

The United States faces critical challenges in the Middle East. Whether instability in Syria fomenting a refugee crisis, the spread of the Islamic State group and its extremist ideology, or the rising power of Iran, conditions in the region are more threatening than they were when President Barack Obama took office. The new Trump administration will have its work cut out for it. 

Why Dutertes Deals With China May Be Security Concerns
By Jeff M. Smith, The Diplomat, November 2, 2016

When Roridgo Duterte, the impish and combustible president of the Philippines, paid a state visit to China last month the press contextualized the trip as part of his jarring U-turn away from the U.S. alliance and toward China’s lucrative embrace. That narrative, and Duterte’s apparent determination to restructure the regional order, have received no shortage of coverage and analysis in The Diplomat and beyond.


Latest Books

Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Next Information Age
Richard M. Harrison and Trey Herr, Rowman and Littlefield, October 2016


Latest In-House Bulletins

Defense Technology Monitor - No. 10
November 28, 2016

 

Bridging the capabilities cap;
Laser coutnermeasures begin to emerge;
Drone tracking, a new Pentagon priority;
Russia's new invisibility cloak;
Falling behind in the space arms race;
DARPA develops unhackable code

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1257
November 23, 2016

 

Senior Chinese security official named head of Interpol;
New anti-corruption body formed

 

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1256
November 22, 2016

CRM Special Issue: Xi's Newest Political Shakeup

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2103
November 21, 2016

 Fear and loathing in Prague;
Russia's plan to further destabilize Ukraine

China Reform Monitor - No. 1255
November 17, 2016

Hong Kong erupts in protests again;
China says national carbon trading scheme coming in 2017


Latest Policy Papers

Strategic Primer - Drones
By Richard M. Harrison , June 20, 2016

Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs, or drones) are playing an increasingly important role in modern warfare, and performing a growing nunmber of surveillance and reconnaissance missions at home and abroad. This Primer describe how the United States, as well as our allies and our enemies, are using drones, discusses challenges posed by RPAs, and offers recommendations for future defense planning.