Flournoy to Trump Team: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

by Michele Flournoy

When President Barack Obama nominated Michele Flournoy to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, she became the highest-ranking woman in the Pentagon’s history.  She was rumored to be Hillary...

The Terrorist Threat to Aviation: Back Again

by Bruce Hoffman

In March, the Trump Administration imposed a new set of restrictions targeting carry-on luggage arriving on planes from several Muslim-majority countries after intelligence reports indicated that...

Confusion + Confrontation = Trump Foreign Policy

by Walter Pincus

President Donald Trump may be the only world leader impressed with the impact of the recent United States use of Tomahawk missiles in Syria and later the giant, GBU-43/B MOAB bomb in...

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...

There’s More to Life than Zero-Days

by Adam Vincent

A zero-day, meaning a tool used to exploit a newly discovered computer vulnerability, alone does not make an attack. It is but one element of many in an attack, chain and there’s much more we...

Camouflaged Aggression: A Strategic Shift in Russia’s Cyber Activity

by Sarah Geary

Russian cyber operations are widely discussed and reported on today. Conversations frequently range from how the Russian government hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to the utilization...

Are Ivanka’s Personal Interests Influencing China Policy?

by Walter Pincus

On April 6 – the same day Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner dined with President Xi and his wife at Mar-a-Lago – the Chinese government provisionally approved three of the trademarks, according to...

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...

Dropping the MOAB: A Blow to ISIS’ Ambitions in Afghanistan

by Bruce Hoffman

On Thursday, the United States carried out an airstrike targeting ISIS in Afghanistan, dropping a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) on a tunnel and cave complex. The strike marked the first time...

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...