The (Soft) Power to Transform Fragile States

by Larry Sampler

Challenges facing those who work in the developing world are complex, profound, varied, and sometimes existential. They range from assuring the health and security of our staff in settings where...

Nations, Even Adversaries, Must Work Out Cyber Issues – Carefully

by Michael Daniel

How should nations collaborate in cyberspace? Can a nation like the U.S. and one like Russia bridge their views on data collection? What’s the future of artificial intelligence? The Cipher...

Can Terrorists Beat the U.S. Laptop Ban, Screening Technologies?

by Robert J. Bunker

Late last month, the Department of Homeland Security initiated new security measures for all international commercial flights bound to the United States, a move that could potentially lead to either...

Can the U.S. Navy Maintain an “Around the World” Presence?

by Ray Mabus

Ray Mabus, who was navy secretary during both Obama Administrations and held that post longer than anyone since World War I, discussed innovation in the Navy – such as the use of green technologies...

The Battle of Midway Still Teaches the Value of Intelligence, Decisive Action

by RADM (Ret.) Paul Becker

June 4 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the greatest naval battle in American history and the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. At Midway, a larger Japanese fleet was...

Despite Promising Signs, China's North Korea Policy Unchanged

by Derek Grossman

Official statements and public discussions on China’s willingness to punish or otherwise influence North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a direction favorable to U.S. interests have been markedly...

Making Iraq Great Again

by Ambassador Gary Grappo

It is probably not a bad thing that U.S. President Donald Trump recently dispatched Jared Kusher, his son-in-law and his Administration’s jack-of-all-issues, to Iraq. As one of the few White House...

Turkey’s Ties to the West are in Deep Trouble

by Soner Cagaptay

Speaking at a rally in Istanbul on March 26, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan further escalated his ongoing fight with Europe: “Have you [Europeans] not burned and destroyed my mosques? You...

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...

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...