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Democrats have good reason to confirm Mike Pompeo as secretary of State
By Herman Pirchner, Jr., The Hill, April 19, 2018

Mike Pompeo should be promptly confirmed as secretary of State because he is well qualified, but also because this is an extraordinarily dangerous time for the United States to be without an effective secretary of State.

American diplomacy is tasked with advancing the interests of the United States while avoiding war. Any such success depends upon American diplomats credibly issuing threats, guarantees, and offers of help. This essential credibility, in turn, depends upon the relationship of America’s secretary of State with the president. And this is perhaps the most serious reason why Pompeo is an excellent choice to be our next secretary of State.

The Other Iranian Threat
By Ilan Berman, Alhurra, April 17, 2018

Whatever happened to the Iranian cyberthreat? Not all that long ago, American officials were preoccupied with the growing disruptive capabilities that the Islamic Republic had begun to demonstrate on the World-Wide Web. That, however, was before the start of negotiations over Iran's atomic program in 2013. Those talks allowed Iran's cyber activities to recede from public view, as policymakers in Washington focused their attention on nuclear diplomacy with Tehran, while Iranian hackers temporarily became more cautious in their choice of targets and the visibility of their attacks. More recently, worries about Iran's cyber capabilities have taken a back seat to concerns regarding Iran's growing conventional military might, and its mounting regional adventurism in places like Syria and Yemen.

Colombia's Political Problems Are An Opportunity For America
By Christine Balling, The National Interest, April 12, 2018

In order to better coordinate his response to the latest developments in Syria, President Trump has cancelled what would have been his first trip to South America. Vice President Pence will now go in his stead to attend the Eighth Summit of the Americas.

Hamas Attacks Israel - And The World Condemns Israel
By Lawrence J. Haas, The Hill, April 11, 2018

The world "should wait for our great move," said a top Hamas leader, speaking to Palestinian protestors during violent clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza border, "when we breach the borders and pray at al Aqsa."

With hundreds around him chanting, "We are going to Jerusalem, millions of martyrs," and with 20,000 Palestinians protesting along the border - some burning tires, others throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks - Yahya Sinwar declared during April protests that Hamas was "following in the path of martyr Yasser Arafat in resisting the enemy" and "if we explode we will explode in [Israel's] face."

New Sanctions Rightly Tighten The Noose On Russia
By Ilan Berman, The Hill, April 9, 2018

The new cold war between Moscow and Washington just got a little bit colder.

On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a
new round of economic sanctions against 38 separate Russian personalities and businesses. The measure represents a major escalation of pressure against the Kremlin, because it singles out a number of key stakeholders as a way of ratcheting up the costs to Russia's leadership of their country's increasingly hostile international behavior.


Latest In-House Bulletins

China Reform Monitor - No. 1324
April 19, 2018

China to more closely monitor political outlook at universities;
Travel bans for troublemakers

China Reform Monitor - No. 1323
April 18, 2018

Greater protections, less "family planning";
Reining in China’s military

China Reform Monitor - No. 1322
April 16, 2018

Chinese household debt grows;
Congress moves to limit Chinese influence in academia

Defense Technology Monitor - No. 27
April 12, 2018

China takes the lead in railgun development;
Seeking more missile defense in the Pacific;
Needed: A rulebook for cyberwarfare;
Iran's drones get an upgrade;
Up next: Robotic submarine hunters

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2206
April 12, 2018

A new Kremlin counterterrorism sweep;
New details in Skripal case point to Russia


Latest Policy Papers

Iran Strategy Brief No. 10: Iran's Burgeoning Strategic Forces
By Ian Williams , February 5, 2018

Among the Islamic Republic of Iran’s central strategic goals are the preservation of its political regime and its ascension to what it views as its rightful place as the regional hegemon of the Middle East. These objectives have put Iran on an adversarial footing with its immediate neighbors, and with much of the international community.