A Punch in the Nose for Iran

by Steven Ward

Now that President Donald Trump has demonstrated his willingness to get tough with a regional bad actor by using a cruise missile attack to punish the Assad regime and try to deter it from any future...

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...

Unclear What Trump Learned from Ordering the Syrian Strike

by Walter Pincus

The lessons Donald Trump takes away from last Thursday’s U.S. Tomahawk missile strike against Syria’s Shayrat Air Base are more important than the ones learned by Bashar al-Assad. For President...

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...

Syria: This Could Be Good Time to Press for Ceasefire

by Ambassador Dennis Ross

The U.S. military launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles from two naval warships in the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat air base near Homs in Syria, on Thursday night. The Pentagon said the base was...

Don’t Write the UN Off – Here’s Why

by Paul Heinbecker

The Trump Administration budget includes deep cuts to some U.S. agencies, including the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as U.S.  foreign aid. The cut includes the U.S....

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...

Trump Administration Emulating Putin’s ‘Active Measures’ Domestically

by Walter Pincus

President Donald Trump and his White House team are using some of the same “active measures” to manipulate the American people today that Russian President Vladimir Putin employed trying to...

Trump’s State Department: Everyone Take a Deep Breath

by Ambassador James Jeffrey

Even by the standards of the Trump Administration’s generally rocky start, the State Department has fared badly in media reporting and insider commentary. Council on Foreign Relations President...