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The Russian War On Terror
By Ilan Berman, The National Interest, November 3, 2017

Which country ranks as the largest source of foreign fighters for the Islamic State's "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq?

That dubious distinction doesn't belong to a Middle Eastern state, despite the fact that countries such as Saudi Arabia have historically been major contributors of radicals to the Islamic State's ranks. Nor is it a North African nation, even though Tunisia had previously served as the preeminent supplier of fighters for the Syrian front.

President Trump Takes A Wise Middle Course On The Iran Nuclear Deal
By Ilan Berman, Orlando Sentinel, October 20, 2017

In his policy speech last Friday, President Trump did not scrap the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, as some prominent conservative thinkers had suggested he should. Nor did he simply leave the deal intact, as proponents of the agreement had previously counseled. Instead, the president charted a middle way intended to give America greater leverage over Iran's nuclear program and processes.

Trump Takes Aim At The IRGC
By Ilan Berman, Al-Hurra Digital, October 18, 2017

You wouldn't know it from the media coverage surrounding President Trump's October 13th speech on Iran, but the most notable element of the Administration's new, "comprehensive" strategy toward the Islamic Republic isn't its plan to revisit the 2015 nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

A Setback For Peace Prospects
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, October 17, 2017

Perhaps United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to congratulate him on the new unity deal between Abbas' Fatah Party and the terrorist group Hamas, simply didn't know what Hamas had said about it a day earlier.

Prague's Eastward Turn
By Ilan Berman, U.S. News & World Report, October 10, 2017

Since its emergence from the wreckage of the Soviet Union more than a quarter-century ago, the Czech Republic has consistently ranked as a success story of post-totalitarian transition. Unlike that of many of its neighbors in Central and Eastern Europe, Prague's path toward democracy has been more or less linear, cresting in the middle of the last decade when the country garnered the ranking of "full democracy" from the prestigious Economist Intelligence Unit. Today, however, Czech democracy is showing signs of erosion, while the country as a whole is in the process of making an alarming eastward turn.


Latest In-House Bulletins

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2164
November 10, 2017

Russian hackers target NATO;
Moscow takes aim at American media

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2163
November 8, 2017

No justice for soldiers' families;
How Russia sells its Syria engagement

China Reform Monitor - No. 1304
November 8, 2017

China's arms sales diplomacy;
Now Beijing eyes the Arctic

Resource Security Watch - No. 3
November 3, 2017

Yemen's cholera outbreak rages on;
Migration and the Middle East water shortage;
America eyes Europe's LNG market;
Water and America energy independence;
China's controversial "Great Green Wall"

China Reform Monitor - No. 1303
November 2, 2017

Legislating loyalty in Xinjiang;
Soccer as a sign of protest


Latest Policy Papers

Iran Strategy Brief No. 9: Targeting Iran's Revolutionary Guards
By Ilan Berman , October 19, 2017

The passage this summer of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a wide-ranging legislative package that imposed new economic pressure on Russia, Iran and North Korea, reignited the debate over U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic. The relevant provisions of the Act require the White House, pursuant to Executive Order No. 13224, to formally designate the totality of Iran’s clerical army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as a terrorist organization by no later than October 31st of this year. In his October 13th speech on Iran policy, President Trump confirmed that he will do so...