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The Kremlin's Selective Counterterrorism
To hear President Vladimir Putin tell it, his government is the proverbial tip of the spear in the global war on terror.
Iran's Perilous Nuclear Lesson for North Korea
North Korea made international news last week when it declared that it had successfully carried out an underground test of a hydrogen bomb. The announcement touched off fevered speculation in Washington about the nature of the test itself (among other things, the yield is believed to have been to small to have been a thermonuclear device), as well as its larger geopolitical significance.
Fallout Ploy: Iran's Cyberwarfare Contingency Plan
Iran's cyberwarriors are back in action. Late last fall, The New York Times reported that Iranian hackers had carried out an extensive hack on U.S. State Department employees. Among the victims were U.S. diplomats working on the Middle East and on Iran specifically, who had their email compromised and their social media accounts infiltrated. The hack was the latest in what U.S. officials say are increasingly aggressive attempts to glean information about U.S. policies toward Iran in the wake of this summer's P5+1 nuclear deal.
A Much Needed Post-Obama Course Correction On Iran
With most Americans focused on the Islamic State terrorist group, Washington is poised to greatly expand the dangers to U.S. national security on another front - by proceeding to execute the Iran nuclear accord while Tehran ignores its obligations under it and related United Nations Security Council resolutions.
An Innocent Mistake
Before year's end, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is reportedly planning to conduct a second freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) around one of China's new artificial islands in the South China Sea. Designed to show that the United States will not recognize any Chinese attempt to establish expansive maritime rights around its man-made outposts, the operation will mark the second mission in as many months, after an October 27 FONOP around China's Subi Reef.
Iran's Deadly Ambition: The Islamic Republic's Quest for Global Power
Are we on the cusp of détente with Iran? Conventional wisdom certainly seems to believe so. In the aftermath of the interim nuclear deal struck in November 2013 between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 powers (the United States, France, England, Russia, China and Germany), hopes are now running high for a historic reconciliation between Iran's clerical regime and the West.
Latest In-House Bulletins
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2036
Russian arms for Hezbollah fighters;
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2035
The scent of Russian authoritarianism;
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2034
Lights out in Crimea;
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 15
The Islamic State's North African front;
China Reform Monitor - No. 1204
Xi presses military reform
Latest Policy Papers
A Nuclear Deal with Iran: Managing the Consequences
The announcement of a nuclear deal in July 2015 brought to a close nearly two years of intensive negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 powers (the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China and Germany). It also ushered in a new — and arguably more challenging — phase of American policy in the Middle East...
Internet Security Governance - Building Security Without Piling On
Internet Security Governance covers the policy challenges that arise from building and governing security in the Internet’s architecture and key protocols. It is not a description of security for computers and networks (Information Assurance), how to man- age the negotiated structure and key functions of the Internet (Internet Governance), or the pursuit of crim- inal groups and other threat actors (Cyber Crime).2 Internet Security Governance is the discussion of de- fensively oriented technical and legal topics that cross national boundaries and/or involve security of the un- derlying protocols and hardware which make up the Internet...
Strategic Primer - Missile Defense
The goal of the new Strategic Primer initiative is to provide a concise, comprehensive overview of specific defense technology issues presented in a clear, direct, and graphical manner that serves as an accessible reference to policymakers. Volume 1 of the series focuses on Missile Defense.