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No International Pariah
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, July 26, 2016

Israel's growing diplomatic, military, and economic ties across the Middle East Africa, and Asia should shatter an enduring myth: that the Israel-Palestinian conflict will make Israel an international pariah. 

These ties reflect not only the foresight of Israel's leaders, the doggedness of its diplomacy and the strength of its economy, but also the rise of Iran in the region and the spread of terrorism beyond it. 

Turkey's Coup Attempt Has Played Straight Into Erdogan's Hands
By Ilan Berman, National Review Online, July 20, 2016

Back in 2008, at the height of the global economic meltdown, Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Obama's designee for chief of staff, summed up his guiding political philosophy. "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," he told the Wall Street Journal. "Things that we had postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with." 

Come At The King, You Best Not Miss
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, July 19, 2016

Machiavelli counseled, "never do an enemy a small injury." Ralph Waldo Emerson rendered the same thought as, "never strike a king unless you are sure you shall kill him." The coup plotters in Turkey can ponder these aphorisms from their cells while they await their potentially grisly fates. 

A Bitter Birthday For The Iran Deal
By Ilan Berman, U.S. News & World Report, July 14, 2016

Before the nuclear deal between Iran and the countries of the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany) was concluded a year ago today, the true extent of the compromise struck over Iran's nuclear ambitions wasn't yet publicly known.

The Iran of Old
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, July 12, 2016

As the global nuclear deal with Iran marks its one-year anniversary this week, Tehran is maintaining its fierce anti-Americanism, receiving $100 billion-plus in sanctions relief with which it can better confront the United States in its region and beyond, and apparently trying to cheat its way to nuclear weaponry. 


Latest In-House Bulletins

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2086
August 22, 2016

Domestic violence in Russia gets a reprieve; 

Putin’s bridge to nowhere 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2087
August 18, 2016

 

New social media oversight... in the name of security;
Moscow's diplomatic cold war with Washington

 

 

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 28
August 15, 2016

Israel braces for the next war;
A leadership change for Boko Haram...;
...and a setback for ABM;
an al-Qaeda/NUSRA split? 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2086
August 12, 2016

No Western food for the foreseeable future;
Russian hackers and the Democratic Party

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1234
August 11, 2016

Thousands of African migrants flee Guangzhou;
Chinese outbound investment soars in 2016

 


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. 

 

Strategic Primer - Cybersecurity
By Richard M. Harrison , April 1, 2016

The goal of the new Strategic Primer initiative is to provide a concise, comprehensive overview of specific defense technology issues presented in a clear, direct, and graphical manner that serves as an accessible reference to policymakers. Volume 2 of the series focuses on Cybersecurity.

 

Cyber Threats in the Space Domain
By Eric Sterner and Jennifer McArdle , March 31, 2016

The ability to access and exploit space has long been woven into the fabric of American national power. It is a critical component of global political leadership, the economy, and military power. Unfortunately, those pillars are increasingly at risk. The spread of space technology to new international actors and the increasing sophistication of those capabilities have made it possible to threaten American space systems directly. The national security community is accustomed to analyzing these threats and vulnerabilities and is pursuing a reasonable mix of policies and programs to address them. (Whether those actions are sufficient is subject to debate). However, over the last decade space and cyberspace have grown increasingly integrated. This opens up new vulnerabilities in American space systems, and gives a greater number of actors the potential to exploit those vulnerabilities...

Shale 3.0 The Revolution Reshaping America and the World
By Jeff M. Smith , March 9, 2016

The world has long known of the existence of a virtual ocean of underground oil and gas deposits imprisoned in “tight,” low-permeable shale rock formations. Until recently, however, it was convinced there was no profitable extract them. Through the stubborn, decades-long persistence of a Texas oilman, and a committed effort by the U.S. government to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into “unconventional” oil and gas research, in 1998 Mitchell Energy CEO George Mitchell discovered the right combination of water, sand, and chemicals to extract natural gas from a shale formation using a hydraulically-fractured horizontal well...