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How The Middle East Can Help China's Muslims
By Ilan Berman, Al-Hurra Digital, October 9, 2018

The proof is increasingly irrefutable: China's Uighurs are under assault.

Is Russia becoming Central Asia
By S. Frederick Starr, The Central Asia Times, October 5, 2018

Russia's relationship to Central Asia has always been distinctive and ambiguous.

By Stephen Blank, The Kyiv Post, September 26, 2018

Ukraine’s European aspirations are irreversible. A majority of the public supports NATO membership, and EU membership has long enjoyed popular support. However, wishing for integration does not make it happen.

If Britain Opts For Corbyn, Then The New Prime Minister Will Clash With Trump Over Israel
By Lawrence J. Haas, The National Interest, September 13, 2018

The signs of breakdown in the liberal international order are mounting, and they're coming from disparate directions: Washington battles its closest allies on trade, Beijing and Moscow come together more closely militarily in an anti-U.S. alliance, and Beijing seeks to make its territorial expansion a fait accompli in the Pacific.

Understanding Putins Paranoid Style
By Ilan Berman, The National Interest, September 1, 2018

Just why is Vladimir Putin so popular? Practically since Russia’s president first ascended to power in the last days of 1999, observers have puzzled over his broad base of support and enduring appeal, which has persisted despite needless and costly foreign entanglements and notwithstanding widespread and flagrant corruption in the Kremlin.

Latest In-House Bulletins

China Reform Monitor - No. 1347
October 17, 2018

A step backward for Beijing in South Asia;
New scrutiny toward Chinese news outlets

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 12
October 12, 2018

Iran's clandestine oil trade;
An exodus of Afghans;
A media blackout on "sex tourism";
The high price of civil protest

China Reform Monitor - No. 1346
October 10, 2018

"Sinicizing" religion in the PRC;
China's policies in Xinjiang draw ire abroad

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2260
October 10, 2018

Rosgvardiya head calls out Navalny;
A glimpse into Russia's African inroads

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2259
October 9, 2018

Ongoing unrest over pension reform;
Muddying the facts in the Skripal attack

Latest Policy Papers

Iran Strategy Brief No. 11: Iran's Complicated Post-JCPOA Nuclear Path
By Ilan Berman , August 20, 2018

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s May 8th decision to formally end America’s participation in the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), there has been significant speculation about potential responses on the part of the Iranian leadership. Iranian officials have threatened a range of possible consequences stemming from the U.S. decision, up to and including a resumption of nuclear development and associated processes by their government...

Understanding North Korea's Cyber Strategy
By Jenny Jun , May 4, 2018

How does North Korea use cyber means to achieve its political and military objectives? Ever since the Korean War, North Korea’s stated foreign policy goal has been to reunify the Korean peninsula under its rule. However, by the 1980s, winning a conventional war on the peninsula had become unrealistic, and the military balance between the North and South had started to shift in favor of the latter. With the end of the Cold War, Russian and Chinese patronage diminished, while the U.S.-ROK alliance grew stronger. In this strategic context, how does North Korea ensure regime security, deter foreign aggression, and achieve this objective without explicitly taking it by force?...