Possibilities for a Turkish-Iranian Rapprochement

by Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

In this season of dramatic strategic surprises in the Middle East, seemingly almost anything is possible: Russia’s successful military re-entry into the region, America’s near abandonment of a...

A Vow of Revenge for the Fall of the USSR

by Michael Sulick

What do the U.S. presidential succession, Pope John Paul II, a rogue Cold War KGB agent, Soviet portable nuclear weapons, and George Washington’s spymaster have in common? Nothing on the surface,...

Western Efforts to Engage China on Global Security

by Christina Lin

With Germany’s chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2016, OSCE is back in business after a 15-year slumber. The Ukraine crisis highlighted OSCE’s...

Insider Threats: A Big Data Problem for Big Defense

by Jonathan Berliner

Stranded during a historic Washington-area blizzard in February 2010, a U.S. soldier embarked on a mission that he had sworn to not fulfill: “…I joined in on an IRC (Internet Relay Chat)...

The Two Donald Trumps

by Walter Pincus

Which Donald Trump will show up tomorrow at Washington’s National Press Club to deliver a luncheon speech which, according to his campaign press release, will deal with “the many serious foreign...

Brexit and British National Security

by Nick Fishwick

The UK will vote on 23 June to determine whether it remains in or leaves the European Union. Political discourse in Britain is dominated by the subject. What would a vote to leave mean for British...

The Taliban's Persistent Threat

by Ambassador James Dobbins

Last week the Taliban announced the opening of its annual spring offensive. The year ahead is going to be a difficult one for the Afghan government and the small cadre of American and NATO troops...

Cyber Threats: Only Getting Worse

by Michael Morell

It seems like the cyber domain has recently been awash in controversy. From major hacks that compromise the information of millions of people, to bitter legal disputes between tech giants and law...

What the Candidates Aren't Talking About

by Walter Pincus

Too bad the Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates weren’t present to hear former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies last...

The Wages of Treason, Irresolution and Ingratitude

by Mark Kelton

Amid ongoing debate over encrypted communications, hinging, as it does, on striking a balance between the need to defend America and the need to ensure that in so doing we do not undermine the...