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We Can't Ignore Hamas
By Lawrence Haas, U.S. News & World Report, February 21, 2017

When Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman offered the other day for Israel to turn Gaza into "the Singapore of the Middle East," with a seaport, airport and industrial zones, if Hamas would stop firing rockets, building tunnels and seizing Israeli citizens, the terrorist group had a curt response. 

Assessing The Syria Situation
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, February 15, 2017

The Obama administration's Syria strategy has left along with the former president. The question remains how the United States will continue to be involved in the conflict, if at all. 

Why Russia Won't Help Trump On Iran
By Ilan Berman, Foreign Affairs, February 10, 2017

By all appearances, the Donald Trump administration is preparing to attempt a historic reconciliation with Russia. In part, the strategy is aimed at driving a wedge into the long-running strategic partnership between Moscow and Tehran. With the proper incentives, the thinking goes, it might be possible to "flip" Russia. "There's daylight between Russia and Iran, for sure," one foreign official familiar with the White House's deliberations explained. "What's unclear is what [Russian President Vladimir] Putin would demand in return for weakening the alliance." 

Sinjar After ISIS: What The Peshmerga's All-Female Unit Can Do
By Christine Balling, Foreign Affairs, February 9, 2017

When I first met Captain Khatoon Ali Krdr, at a peshmerga military base near Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan, last June, her all-female Yazidi peshmerga unit, the Hezi Roj, or "Sun Force," was weeks away from graduating from its first basic infantry training course, which involved military discipline, physical conditioning, and the handling of weaponry such as selective-fire rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Khatoon had formed the Sun Force, the only all-female, all- Yazidi unit in the Kurdish peshmerga, in response to the horrors that the Islamic State (or ISIS) had inflicted on Sinjar, a majority-Yazidi district of Iraqi Kurdistan. In August 2014, ISIS had slaughtered over 5,000 Yazidi men in the district. And in Snuny, a town at the base of Mount Sinjar, where the Sun Force is currently deployed, ISIS had killed unknown numbers of Yazidi residents, dumping their bodies into mass graves before the peshmerga retook the town in 2015. 

How Trump Enables Democracy's Decline
By Lawrence Haas, U.S. News & World Report, February 8, 2017

President Donald Trump's unnerving failure to distinguish the free and democratic nation he leads from the autocratic and menacing Russia of strongman President Vladimir Putin has generated two notable sets of concerns - but the implications of Trump's rhetorical excesses expand far beyond current story lines. 


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

China Reform Monitor - No. 1271
February 23, 2017

Burkina Faso and Swaziland to maintain relations with ROC;
China pushes RCEP after US withdraws from TPP

China Reform Monitor - No. 1270
February 20, 2017

China tests "carrier-killer" missile;
Chinese military strategists identify China’s top security threats

Defense Technology Monitor - No. 13
February 17, 2017

DOD outlines electronic warfare strategy;
British government eyes gamers for drone missions;
Defenseless against hypersonic missiles;
The limits of drone warfare;
DPRK finds new delivery system for dirty bombs 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1269
February 16, 2017

Xi forms new anti-corruption body;
Senior North Korean delegation in Beijing

 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2117
February 15, 2017

The dismal state of domestic rights... and labor;
For Russians, it's better to be feared 


Latest Policy Papers

Iran Strategy Brief No. 8: Iranian Ideology after the Nuclear Deal
By James S. Robbins , January 11, 2017

The Obama administration’s Iran policy has been driven by the conviction that reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program would constitute a historic diplomatic breakthrough, lead to a fundamental transformation in U.S.-Iranian relations, and prompt significant changes in the Islamic Republic’s international behavior. This view was apparently based on a belief that American opposition to Iran’s policies played a critical role in perpetuating Tehran’s destabilizing activities, and that pursuing a rapprochement with the Islamic Republic could consequently lead to more moderate policies.

High Energy Lasers: Applications for Ballistic Missile Defense
By Dr. William Schneider, Jr. , December 20, 2016

For decades, ballistic missile defense (BMD) has been among the most controversial dimensions of national defense. Since the termination of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002, the extensive proliferation of ballistic missiles on the world stage has prompted the gradual emergence of an international consensus supporting the acquisition of ballistic missile defense capabilities. The proliferation of ballistic missiles is abetted by the present, low cost of creating a formidable offensive ballistic missile capability—a feature which has provided aspiring weapons states with new opportunities to acquire strategic capabilities...