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...

"Grave Threats": American Security and the Next U.S. President

by Anne Marie Slaughter

From Syria, to climate change, North Korea, and the largest global refugee flows in history, the next President will face a uniquely challenging set of national security threats when she or he takes...

Putin Could Hit the Trifecta If Trump Wins the White House

by Steven L. Hall

The relationship between Russia and the United States has always been and will always be complicated.  In the U.S. and the West in general, hope seems always to spring eternal.  The thinking,...

The Case for No-First-Use

by Kingston Reif

The conditions under which a U.S. president might use nuclear weapons has in recent weeks become a topic of national conversation. Toward the end of the first presidential debate on September 27,...

You Can’t Put Syria's Pieces Back Together Again

by Ambassador Dennis Ross

Fighting in Aleppo has intensified with a Russian-backed government offensive to capture the rebel-held sector of Syria’s largest city. The United States and its allies accuse Russia of...

China's Counter-Terrorism Law and the Uyghurs

by Michael Clarke

On 27 December 2015, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the country’s first counterterrorism legislation. The law carried sweeping provisions, enabling not only China’s various...

North Korea: A Perennial Nuisance

by Soo Kim

The latest North Korean nuclear test has caused the international community to once again reexamine all of the available policy options for how to hinder and eventually end North Korea’s nuclear...

Don’t Rely on Iran’s Good Intentions

by Olli Heinonen

There is a small window of time for the United States and its allies to determine what kind of nuclear technologies are delivered to Tehran, and by whom. And the clock is already ticking. The...

After ISIS: A New ISIS

by Jacob Olidort

In August, U.S. President Barack Obama reassured the Pentagon that the Islamic State will “inevitably be defeated.” U.S. government officials, generals, and pundits have been debating what could...