The Cost of Rushing into Raqqa

by Ambassador Robert Ford

The Trump Administration last week announced it deployed hundreds of U.S. Marines and Army Rangers to Syria to support the campaign to take Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria,...

The End of the American Dream?

by Carmen Medina

I’ve been a Puerto Rican all my life. I’ve also been an American citizen all my life. My ethnicity tended to confuse representatives of foreign governments, who didn’t comprehend how a Puerto...

Bush, Obama, Trump and American Power

by Rafael D. Frankel

George W. Bush and Barack Obama were, in many ways, polar opposites in world view. The former saw black and white and an eternal struggle between good and evil, where those on the side of morality...

It’s a Win-Win-Win Scenario for Russia

by Steven L. Hall

Even before the release of the unclassified version of the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions regarding Russian hacking and involvement in the U.S. presidential elections, before...

Six Ways to Recommit to the U.S. Partnership with Saudi Arabia

by Ambassador Gary Grappo

Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th president, subscribed to the philosophy, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” a line attributed to Sun Tzu, the famous sixth-century Chinese...

A Legacy in the Making: Obama's Approach to Security Sector Assistance

by Grant Harris

From drone warfare to the targeting of Osama Bin Laden, President Barack Obama’s legacy on peace and security issues is largely being defined by a range of high-profile decisions and policies on...

The Failure to Negotiate with North Korea

by Joseph DeTrani

In our graduate school, we emphasize the importance of understanding the history, culture, and political system of an adversary, which often gives you a better appreciation of how they view strategic...

Re-Thinking Iraq: A Problem Can Become a Solution

by Charles Duelfer

Should we think of Iraq as a solution rather than a problem? For most Americans, Iraq is immediately associated with words like:  disaster, problem, mess, intractable, resource drain, incubator for...

The Lord's Resistance Army: Still a Threat

by Ledio Cakaj

Exactly five years ago this October, about 100 United States Army Special Forces deployed in Central Africa to assist the Ugandan military in its fight against the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army...

A Bigger Problem than War: Water Security in the Middle East

by Sezin Gursoy

Water scarcity is potentially a very stressful issue in Middle East, the most water-contested region in the world.  According to World Resources Institute (WRI) rankings, most water scarce countries...