How Rules of Engagement Impact Civilian Casualties

by Robert Eatinger

On March 17, an airstrike allegedly carried out by coalition troops in Mosul, Iraq, killed a large number of civilians, with some reports putting the number of civilian deaths around 200. Officials...

Are our Assumptions about North Korea Right?

by Michael Morell

There is an important emerging gap in thought over whether North Korea is several years away from having the ability to threaten the continental United States with a nuclear-armed missile, which many...

100 Days of Trump Foreign Policy: Chaos to Moderation

by Ambassador James Jeffrey

The apparent shift by the Trump Administration towards more traditional foreign policy has been welcomed by many inside, and more outside, of the U.S., as the global security system depends on a...

Flournoy to Trump Team: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

by Michele Flournoy

When President Barack Obama nominated Michele Flournoy to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, she became the highest-ranking woman in the Pentagon’s history.  She was rumored to be Hillary...

The Terrorist Threat to Aviation: Back Again

by Bruce Hoffman

In March, the Trump Administration imposed a new set of restrictions targeting carry-on luggage arriving on planes from several Muslim-majority countries after intelligence reports indicated that...

Dropping the MOAB: A Blow to ISIS’ Ambitions in Afghanistan

by Bruce Hoffman

On Thursday, the United States carried out an airstrike targeting ISIS in Afghanistan, dropping a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) on a tunnel and cave complex. The strike marked the first time...

The Russian B Team

by John Sipher

The Russian effort to influence the 2016 election will remain front-and-center as the House and Senate Intelligence Committee continue their probe and the FBI moves forward on its investigation. The...

How Washington Lets Beijing Monopolize Minerals Vital for Phones and Fighter Jets

by Doug Wise

While the topic of supply chains may not be cutting-edge or of high public interest, it is no less important to national security than destroying ISIS or having credible immigration policies. On...

What Does Xi Jinping Want from Mar-a-Lago?

by Gordon Chang

“The president needs to look strong and decisive, and China is a convenient whipping boy,” Quartz White House correspondent Heather Timmons wrote Friday. Is President Donald Trump, to save a...

Climate Insecurity and the Changing Balance of Power

by Carmen Medina

Since at least the 1979 Iranian revolution, intelligence and national security analysts have been working hard to identify the causal factors that lead to political instability. Working hard and yet...