Lessons Learned After 25 Years of Failed Negotiations

by Joseph DeTrani

Twenty-five years of failed negotiations with North Korea.  Since 1993, our efforts to halt North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons have failed. What have we learned from this experience? The...

Trump Talks the Talk but Hobbles the Walk

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

President Trump’s first foray into the world of foreign affairs hinged on one issue: can he convey a sense of trustworthy personal and U.S. leadership? Rhetorically, he did fine but at home he...

Why Fragile States Matter

by Carmen Medina

After the stunning collapse of the Iranian regime in 1979, country risk analysts everywhere became desirous of some method to better calculate the risk of political instability in countries across...

Inside Trump’s Long Game on Russia

by General Jack Keane

Scrutiny over President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia heightened this week as former FBI Director Robert Mueller was selected as special counsel to lead the inquiry into Russian influence...

The 2017 Fragile States Index: Insight Beyond the Headlines

by John McLaughlin

The Fragile States Index is a remarkable and welcome document in this era of instant national security analysis, delivered in 24/7 soundbites. With the Index, you actually have real data – data...

WannaCry Warning: Public-Private Must Come Together

by General Keith Alexander

As businesses wake up to the possibility that the WannaCry ransomware tool will spread beyond the already estimated 200,000 computers already infected across Europe, experts are calling for a...

The Decision to Fire Comey Doesn’t Add Up

by Matthew Olsen

The fallout from the firing of FBI Director James Comey could be more extensive than the White House bargained for. In early Wednesday morning tweets, President Donald Trump blasted the bipartisan...

With Comey Dismissal, U.S. Entering Treacherous Waters

by Michael Leiter

Late Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump fired the Director of the FBI, Jim Comey, citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server – an...

America First Requires America to Lead

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the State Department staff last week that our policy must ensure American security and economic interests first but also reflect American values. He said our...

American Power in the Age of Trump

by Carmen Medina

The administration of President Donald Trump has thrown key tenets of U.S foreign policy into question. After campaigning on a platform that skewered global free trade deals, called for economically...