Putin's Long War against Russian Democracy

by Daniel Hoffman

Russians are fond of saying “men’she znayesh, dol’she zhivyosh,” translated as, “the less you know the longer you live.” President Vladimir Putin’s formative experience serving as a KGB...

Harvey Tests Post-Katrina Military Response Reforms

by Admiral Sandy Winnefeld

Not since Katrina has the United States been struck by a hurricane as devastating as Harvey. Both inflicted unprecedented damage from floods and wind. Harvey and Katrina differ, however, in a crucial...

U.S. Aid after ISIS Collapse Can Undermine Iran in Baghdad

by Frank Archibald

The liberation of Mosul by the Iraqi military presents the Trump Administration with an opportunity to both stabilize the region by continued successful counterterrorism and to challenge Iran. As the...

Kushner Stumbles on Bumps in the Road on Mideast Junket

by Walter Pincus

The whirlwind Middle East trip last week by Trump son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner and his team working to restart Israel-Palestinian talks highlighted the fallout from earlier policy...

U.S. Calculus in Afghanistan Must Factor in Taliban's Own Equations

by Michael J. Morell

Immediately following President Donald Trump’s speech on Afghanistan last Monday, the gears of the U.S. foreign policy machine began to turn, and experts analyzed what the President’s...

In Afghanistan, Keep Your Eye on the Exit

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

The President’s announcement of his strategy for Afghanistan opens a new era for the 16-year war, yet most of the rhetoric and strategy matches that of two previous administrations. He identified...

No Way to Convince Kim to Give Up Nukes

by Michael J. Morell

One of the key responsibilities of the Intelligence Community is to provide the president with the other guy’s perspective.  How does he/she see the world and the issues?  What is the person’s...

The Making of a Cyber Diplomat

by Michael Sulmeyer and Gabriella Roncone

By now, you’ve probably heard the news that the U.S. State Department is losing its top diplomat on issues relating to cybersecurity, Chris Painter. In addition, the rumors are that those...

No Direct Way to Denuke Pyongyang

by Walter Pincus

The United States and its allies need to focus first on freezing North Korea’s current nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs with a goal of deterring Kim Jong-un from expanding his...

Barcelona: Complex Attack Significantly More Dangerous if ISIS-Inspired

by General Michael Hayden

Spanish authorities said Friday the deadly attacks in Barcelona and a seaside town are linked and long-planned by a terrorist cell. While several people have been arrested in connection with the...