Can Merkel Survive?

by Teri Schultz

For seven of the last eight years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has topped Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women.  Last year, she was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize and TIME...

What Business Can Learn from the NFL

by Jeremy King

With the Super Bowl just completed, corporate America might take this as a good time to step back and reevaluate how strong its offensive and defensive capabilities really are. With the economy...

Trump and The Wizard of Oz

by Walter Pincus

In this GOP presidential nomination campaign, when the issue is national security, Donald Trump reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. I thought of that movie after watching Trump’s appearance last...

The Shifting Threat Landscape

by Michael Allen

From Russia’s reemergence as a top U.S. adversary to Iran’s reentry into the global market place, the 2016 national security landscape is fraught with challenges and opportunities guaranteed to...

Understanding Homegrown Terrorism

by Peter Bergen

In the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing, terrorism expert Peter Bergen had a pressing question on his mind:  Who are these homegrown Islamist terrorists, and what has driven them to a life of...

Transforming Defense Acquisition

by Joseph Pasqua

Three decades ago, The Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (colloquially known as the Packard Commission after its Chairman David Packard) published A Quest for Excellence, its seminal study...

On Worldwide Threats

by John McLaughlin

The Islamic State (ISIS) is the “preeminent global” threat and remains determined to execute direct attacks against the U.S. homeland, the top U.S. intelligence official told Senators at the...

Defense Spending

by Walter Pincus

How many Americans understand – when they think of the Defense Department budget – that many of those billions are going to defend foreign countries under the longtime strategy that it is better...

The Tsar Knew

by Mark Kelton

“The important thing to know about an assassination,” Eric Ambler wrote in A Coffin for Dimitrios, “is not who fired the shot, but who paid for the bullet.” I was reminded of that line as I...

Sports Diplomacy

by Dikembe Mutombo

Known to many as the ultimate rejector of the basketball, NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo has also taken many under his humanitarian wing.  Mutombo has used his famous finger-wag to become the first and...