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Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 12
Bulletins - October 12, 2018
 

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

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2259
Bulletins - October 9, 2018
 

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

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 56
Bulletins - October 8, 2018
 

The Islamic State's second act;
Afghanistan's parallel government;
The persistence of "pay to slay";
Iran in the cross-hairs;
The Kurdish prisoners dilemma;

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2257
Bulletins - October 3, 2018
 

A renaissance in Russo-Pakistani ties;
Carrots and sticks in Syria

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2256
Bulletins - October 2, 2018
 

Navalny gets shut out, again;
With an eye to the West, Russia gears up for mil. drills

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2254
Bulletins - September 26, 2018
 

Strategic maneuvers in Africa... and Afghanistan;
Russian disinformation and the vaccination debate

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2252
Bulletins - September 13, 2018
 

The rubble of the ruble;
A new Russian space weapon?

 
If Britain Opts For Corbyn, Then The New Prime Minister Will Clash With Trump Over Israel
Articles - 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.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2251
Bulletins - September 12, 2018
 

New sanctions stagger Russian markets;
Russia's Syrian military laboratory

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2250
Bulletins - September 11, 2018
 

Revealed: Russia's desired arms control agenda;
How Russian hacking imperils American security

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 31
Bulletins - September 11, 2018
 

Google's controversial AI principles;
Bridging the drone weapons gap;
Russia targets space debris...and satellites?;
Toward the automatic tank;
Military AI: Organizing for success

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2249
Bulletins - September 5, 2018
 

Are Russians warming toward the West?;
Congress turns up the heat

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2248
Bulletins - September 4, 2018
 

Toward a more political Russian military;
Isolating Russians anew

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2246
Bulletins - August 27, 2018
 

Moscow's vision for Syria;
Holding the line on Crimea

 
Iran Strategy Brief No. 11: Iran's Complicated Post-JCPOA Nuclear Path
Policy Papers - 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...

 
Chinese and Russian Defense Innovation, with American Characteristics? Military Innovation, Commercial Technologies, and Great Power Competition
Articles - August 2, 2018
 

As great power rivalries intensify, China, Russia, and the United States are redoubling their pursuit of defense innovation in emerging technologies that could change the character, perhaps even the nature, of warfare. At present, U.S. primacy in innovation remains a critical, though contested, advantage. China is emerging as a scientific and technological powerhouse, while Russia is creatively pursuing asymmetric advantages. Since advances in these dual-use technologies, including robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), are emerging increasingly from the private sector, the capacity to integrate and leverage commercial technologies will be critical in this race for advantage.

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1336
Bulletins - August 2, 2018
 

Codifying Xi’s cult of personality;
Hong Kong chafes under Chinese control

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 188
Bulletins - July 31, 2018
 

Iran's unfolding currency crisis...;
...leaves Rouhani scrambling to stabilize the national economy;
Crisis and opportunity for Iran's "reformist" camp;
A mandate to stay in Syria;
Toward an "Arab NATO"

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2236
Bulletins - July 26, 2018
 

NATO jitters over Russia's growing military capabilities;
A Russo-Ukrainian "water war"?

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1335
Bulletins - July 26, 2018
 

Malaysia rethinks the BRI;
Huawei under renewed scrutiny

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2234
Bulletins - July 17, 2018
 

A mandate for Putin to stay put;
A glimmer of hope for Russian protesters

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2233
Bulletins - July 16, 2018
 

Rethinking the Russian Criminal Code;
Russia's vanishing middle class

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2231
Bulletins - July 11, 2018
 

Putin's cult of personality;
A quiet campaign of digital intrusion

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2230
Bulletins - July 9, 2018
 

Putin's plans for Syria;
Washington's "good cop, bad cop" routine

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2229
Bulletins - July 6, 2018
 

The fallout from Babchenko's fake killing;
Nervous in Tehran

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2228
Bulletins - July 3, 2018
 

The risks of being a Russian political opponent;
A delicate tango with Tehran

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2227
Bulletins - July 2, 2018
 

Moscow's balancing act in Syria;
A reshuffle in Russia's regions

 
Optimizing America's Outreach Toward Iran
Articles - June 28, 2018
 

America's Iran policy is at a crossroads. In the wake of President Trump's recent decision to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal, his administration has unveiled a new, more muscular approach toward the Islamic Republic. That plan, announced publicly by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on May 21, has garnered extensive scrutiny for its pledge to reimpose economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic for its nuclear and ballistic missile work, and its vow to roll back Iran's extensive influence in Syria.

 
Russian Ground Battlefield Robots: A Candid Evaluation and Ways Forward
Articles - June 25, 2018
 

Russia, like many other nations, is investing in the development of various unmanned military systems. The Russian defense establishment sees such systems as mission multipliers, highlighting two major advantages: saving soldiers’ lives and making military missions more effective. In this context, Russian developments are similar to those taking place around the world. Various militaries are fielding unmanned systems for surveillance, intelligence, logistics, or attack missions to make their forces or campaigns more effective. In fact, the Russian military has been successfully using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in training and combat since 2013. It has used them with great effect in Syria, where these UAVs flew more mission hours than manned aircraft in various Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) roles.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2226
Bulletins - June 25, 2018
 

The real state of Russia's defense budget;
Russia's growing AIDS epidemic

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2224
Bulletins - June 15, 2018
 

Russia's parliament mulls "counter-sanctions";
The benefits of military service in Syria

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2223
Bulletins - June 14, 2018
 

Russia's expendable animals;
Moscow-Yerevan ties get a new lease on life

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2222
Bulletins - June 13, 2018
 

Reshuffling for competitiveness;
Moscow denounces Trump's Iran deal decision

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1329
Bulletins - May 29, 2018
 

China strengthens its hold on Philippine territory;
Beijing, Tokyo work to normalize ties

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 51
Bulletins - May 23, 2018
 

Pakistan's "University of Jihad";
Egypt attempts a new strategy in the Sinai;
Saudi Arabia seizes the moment against the MB...;
...and makes a move toward religious pluralism



 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2214
Bulletins - May 16, 2018
 

Tit-for-tat economic sanctions from Russia;
Target: Telegram

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2213
Bulletins - May 15, 2018
 

New U.S. sanctions begin to bite;
Russia frustrates response to Syrian atrocities

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 185
Bulletins - May 9, 2018
 

U.S. policy: Back to sanctions...;
...and plans for a broader strategy;
Meanwhile in Iran, official anger...;
...and grassroots ferment

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2212
Bulletins - May 7, 2018
 

New U.S. sanctions target Russian elites;
The slow death of Russia's rural schools

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2211
Bulletins - May 4, 2018
 

The Russian threat to undersea cables;
Revealed: Russia's strategy to destabilize Ukraine

 
Democrats have good reason to confirm Mike Pompeo as secretary of State
Articles - April 19, 2018
 

Mike Pompeo should be promptly confirmed as secretary of State because he is well qualified, but also because this is an extraordinarily dangerous time for the United States to be without an effective secretary of State.

American diplomacy is tasked with advancing the interests of the United States while avoiding war. Any such success depends upon American diplomats credibly issuing threats, guarantees, and offers of help. This essential credibility, in turn, depends upon the relationship of America’s secretary of State with the president. And this is perhaps the most serious reason why Pompeo is an excellent choice to be our next secretary of State.

 
The Other Iranian Threat
Articles - April 17, 2018
 

Whatever happened to the Iranian cyberthreat? Not all that long ago, American officials were preoccupied with the growing disruptive capabilities that the Islamic Republic had begun to demonstrate on the World-Wide Web. That, however, was before the start of negotiations over Iran's atomic program in 2013. Those talks allowed Iran's cyber activities to recede from public view, as policymakers in Washington focused their attention on nuclear diplomacy with Tehran, while Iranian hackers temporarily became more cautious in their choice of targets and the visibility of their attacks. More recently, worries about Iran's cyber capabilities have taken a back seat to concerns regarding Iran's growing conventional military might, and its mounting regional adventurism in places like Syria and Yemen.

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1322
Bulletins - April 16, 2018
 

Chinese household debt grows;
Congress moves to limit Chinese influence in academia

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2206
Bulletins - April 12, 2018
 

A new Kremlin counterterrorism sweep;
New details in Skripal case point to Russia

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2203
Bulletins - April 5, 2018
 

Greater NATO resolve needed;
Another poisoning in London

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2202
Bulletins - April 3, 2018
 

An energy war against Ukraine;
Russia's costly Syria campaign

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2201
Bulletins - April 2, 2018
 

In Syria, Russia is both "arsonist and firefighter";
A new arms race with Russia?

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2200
Bulletins - March 30, 2018
 

Hacking Pyongchang;
How Russia is helping America's arms industry

 
The Long Game on the Silk Road: US and EU Strategy for Central Asia and the Caucasus
Books - March 2018
 

This book argues that American and European policies toward Central Asia and the Caucasus suffer from both conceptual and structural impediments.

 
Is This The End Of EU History?
Articles - March 21, 2018
 

Remember Francis Fukayama? The American political scientist and author briefly became the darling of the political science set in the early 1990s with his theory, encapsulated in his bestselling book "The End of History and the Last Man," that the end of the Cold War marked the final evolution of mankind's search for a system of governance, and that Western-style liberal democracy had emerged as the clear winner.