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Getting Serious On The Information Battlefield
By Robert Bole, U.S. News & World Report, October 25, 2016

Today, the power of the United States to communicate with global audiences is being directly challenged by the Islamic State group. Over the past year, political and policy leaders have been amazed at how what was once described by President Barack Obama as a "JV" league terrorist organization could produce a polished magazine and high quality recruiting videos, modify online games and generate a handful of mobile apps, including one targeting children. Moreover, much of this media activity continues to take place, despite recent battlefield setbacks suffered by the group in both Iraq and Syria. 

Our Predictable Faceoff With Iran
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, October 18, 2016

We now face the ironic, yet all-too-predictable, result of years of U.S. appeasement of Iran in order to secure a global nuclear deal: U.S. military involvement in a proxy war with the Islamic Republic in Yemen. 

A Strategic Muddle In Syria
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, October 12, 2016

In October 2015, Russia intervened directly in the conflict in Syria, seeking to prop up its beleaguered ally in Damascus and push back rebel groups that had plunged the country into civil war. The United States, which was backing several insurgent groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, was not impressed. 

Assessing US-India Defense Relations: The Technological Handshake
By Jeff Smith and Alex Werman, The Diplomat, October 6, 2016

In the words of U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, two “handshakes” now define the increasingly intimate Indo-U.S. defense partnership. The “strategic handshake” was examined in detail in my last article for The Diplomat. We will now turn our attention to the “technological handshake,” shorthand for the growth in arms sales, technical cooperation, and defense co-production and co-development.

Morocco's Liberal Challengers
By Ilan Berman, Foreign Affairs, October 5, 2016

Ilyas El Omari is on the offensive. The bespectacled 49-year-old activist who heads Morocco's Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) has spent years honing PAM's political message and worldview. Now, with the Kingdom heading into what is shaping up to be a decisive general election on October 7, Omari senses a political opening. 

Latest Books

Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Next Information Age
Richard M. Harrison and Trey Herr, Rowman and Littlefield, October 2016

Latest In-House Bulletins

Defense Technology Monitor - No. 9
October 24, 2016

Japan contemplates how to counter China at sea:
Hypersonics: A widening capabilities gap;
DARPA targets anti-drone tech;
China's cruise control;
Meeting the challenge of artificial intelligence

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 360
October 24, 2016

China invests in Tajik security;
Azerbaijan's oil riches go sour;
Uzbekistan's new diplomacy;
The CSTP eyes Syria;
Religion on the rise in Kazakhstan


Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2098
October 24, 2016

The FSB tackles metadata;
Crimea's Tatars seek legal recourse


China Reform Monitor - No. 1250
October 20, 2016

Russia and China to collaborate against US missile defenses;
Chinese firms skirting DPRK sanctions

China Reform Monitor - No. 1249
October 19, 2016

Spotlight on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC);
Hong Kong economy reeling

Latest Policy Papers

Strategic Primer - Drones
By Richard M. Harrison , June 20, 2016

Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs, or drones) are playing an increasingly important role in modern warfare, and performing a growing nunmber of surveillance and reconnaissance missions at home and abroad. This Primer describe how the United States, as well as our allies and our enemies, are using drones, discusses challenges posed by RPAs, and offers recommendations for future defense planning.