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...

Can Trump Stay on Script, Out of Trouble on His Overseas Trip?

by Walter Pincus

President Trump’s first trip overseas beginning Friday will test his ability to stay on script, limit impulsive, off-hand, public remarks, and stop controversial tweeting, all of which have caused...

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...

Changing the “Gotcha” Approach to Insider Threats

by Michael Seage

With the help of big data analytics, the Department of Defense Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center — better known as the DITMAC — is looking to transform the DoD’s approach to the...

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...

Sabre Rattling in Korean Peninsula: No End in Sight

by Walter Pincus

Can there be serious negotiations so that diplomacy may end the growing threat of a military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula? Not yet, is my guess. Trump, since his April 6-7 meeting at...

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...

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...