The United States at War in Somalia

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  Bottom Line Up Front On December 17, the U.S. reported that it had conducted six airstrikes in Somalia, killing 62 militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab. The U.S. has conducted 45...

Turkey Warns the U.S. It Will Launch Cross-Border Strikes into Syria

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  Bottom Line Up Front The U.S. will likely maintain an enduring military presence in Syria for years, in an extremely complex operating environment. Washington sees its force posture as...

Russian Disinformation Campaigns Continue to Sow Doubt in the West

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  Bottom Line Up Front Russia continues to use social media disinformation to sow doubt, effectively deploying an army of trolls across the Internet. On almost every issue—race, religion,...

The Yemen Policy Debate Heats Up

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  Bottom Line Up Front The October killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has shifted U.S. congressional opinion sharply against Saudi Arabia’s de-facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammad bin...

Terror Strikes France: Strasbourg Christmas Market Attack

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  Bottom Line Up Front On December 11th, there was a terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France.  While the suspect was known to the authorities, he was merely one name on...

Artificial Intelligence and Implications for International Security

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  Bottom Line Up Front There is a race between great powers to develop the most cutting edge and sophisticated approach to harnessing the promise of artificial intelligence. The U.S. has...

Uzbekistan’s Shifting Foreign Policy

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  Bottom Line Up Front Uzbekistan’s renewed domestic and foreign policies have largely been welcomed by the international community. The geopolitical landscape of Central Asia presents a...

Response to Ebola Outbreak in Congo Disrupted by Security Risks

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  Bottom Line Up Front The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest in history, with more than 422 probable and confirmed cases and nearly 250 deaths,...

Qatar Exits OPEC

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  Bottom Line Up Front Qatar’s withdrawal from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is strongly correlated to Doha’s ongoing rift with the cartel’s dominant member,...

A Gathering Arms Race Between Great Powers

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  Bottom Line Up Front On December 04, NATO formally accused Russia of being in violation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Since 2014, the U.S. claims that Russia has...