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The Art Of The Middle East Peace Deal
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, May 25, 2017

Can President Donald Trump broker the Israeli-Palestinian deal of a lifetime? After his trip to Israel, there is certainly cause for hope.

Turkey & Qatar's Support For Extremist Groups
By Lawrence Stutzriem and Svante Cornell, RealClearDefense, May 23, 2017

President Trump made clear in Sunday's Riyadh speech that America stands by countries willing to fight Islamist extremism. A welcome opportunity to revisit our relationship with two ostensible allies, Turkey and Qatar. Both host significant American military bases and Turkey is a NATO member, yet for too long they have been American partners in name while providing material support to extremist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Nusra front. President Trump's serious intent to confront Islamic terrorism means he must redefine the terms of our alliances with Turkey and Qatar. The United States can no longer allow them to have it both ways.

Trump Needs To Examine The Gaping Hole In The Colombia Peace Deal
By Christine Balling, The National Interest, May 17, 2017

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos at the White House on May 18. The subject of their conversation will undoubtedly have a great deal to do with the peace accord concluded last fall between the Santos government and Colombia's most notorious guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).


Counter All Extremism
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, May 10, 2017

President Donald Trump's administration is currently undertaking a review of federal programs established under the rubric of "countering violent extremism." The White House, however, should take note that it is just as important to counter nonviolent extremism. 

How Qatar Helped Hamas Get Its Groove Back
By Ilan Berman, The National Interest, May 2, 2017

On Monday, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot that rules the Gaza Strip, thrust itself back into the international spotlight when it formally unveiled a new organizational charter. The long-discussed and much-debated document - launched with great fanfare by Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal at the upscale Sheraton Hotel in the Qatari capital of Doha - represents a new bid for relevance by the world's premier Palestinian Islamist movement. 


Latest In-House Bulletins

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 38
May 28, 2017

The air campaign against the Islamic state heats up...;
...as ISIS focuses on unconventional defense;
ISIS rears its head in the Philippines;
An al-Qaeda call to arms;
...and the quiet campaign against the Bin Laden network;
A media clampdown in Cairo

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2134
May 23, 2017

Navalny in the crosshairs;
Russia's growing naval activities in Europe

China Reform Monitor - No. 1283
May 12, 2017

More Hong Kong democracy activists arrested;
Beijing cracking down on fake econ statistics, inflated growth

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1282
May 11, 2017

China's massive fishing fleet scours the globe;
Xi addresses PLA top brass, demands loyalty to Party

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2133
May 10, 2017

Venezuela's woes are Russia's gain;
Russia fortifies its border with the DPRK


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...