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Russia's Costly Ukrainian Conquest
By Herman Pirchner, Jr., Washington Times, September 9, 2014

Ukrainian government and the Russian-directed separatist movement occupying parts of two Ukrainian provinces and Crimea. Few expect it to last because neither side is ready to live with the status quo. 

Ukraine needs to resume fighting to prevent Moscow from permanently controlling separatist-occupied Ukraine. Moscow needs to resume fighting to achieve its further territorial ambitions in Ukraine. Further, if Russian President Vladimir Putin is stopped in Ukraine, it will complicate his designs on the territory of Kazakhstan, Belarus, Moldova and other parts of the former USSR. How is this likely to play out? 

A Post-America South America
By Ilan Berman, inFocus Quarterly, September 9, 2014

Last fall, in a speech before the Organization of American States, Secretary of State John Kerry announced with great fanfare that the "era of the Monroe Doctrine is over." Kerry's pronouncement was a distinctly political one, intended to reassure regional powers that the heavy-handed interventionism that at times had characterized America's approach to Latin America was a thing of the past. But it was also very much a sign of the times, because the United States is in strategic retreat in its own hemisphere. 

What Obama Should Tell America (But Likely Won't)
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, September 9, 2014

My fellow Americans: 

I want to speak with you tonight about an issue of vital national security, and that's the challenge presented by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - the radical terrorist organization that has seized a vast amount of territory in those countries, and that has threatened to attack the United States. 

Ukraine: What Must Be Done Now
By Stephen Blank,, September 8, 2014

Don’t let the latest news out of Ukraine fool you; Russia actually invaded Ukraine six months ago. What is happening today is just an intensification of that assault. 

Hamas: The Middle East's Other 'Cancer'
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, August 26, 2014

In the photo, Daniel Tragerman stands proudly next to his Lego tower. He wears a blue-and-white Lionel Messi jersey, dark shorts and sandals; brown bangs tickle his forehead, and he looks at us with a charming half-smile. He seems, like most four-year-olds, soft, innocent and irresistibly huggable. 

Latest In-House Bulletins

China Reform Monitor - No. 1121
September 10, 2014

Senior Taiwan official charged with leaking secrets to mainland;

Chinese fighter harasses U.S. surveillance plane 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1923
September 8, 2014


Talks, but no peace;
Ripples of the Ukraine crisis on Wall Street



China Reform Monitor - No. 1120
September 5, 2014


Rising suicide rates among Chinese seniors;
China, Taiwan conduct joint maritime rescue training drills



China Reform Monitor - No. 1119
September 4, 2014


Top Chinese general visits disputed border with India;
China to apply one-child policy to Uighurs in Xinjiang



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1922
September 3, 2014


Moscow's media offensive;
Shedding America's space dependency on Russia



Latest Policy Papers

Security and Defense Dimensions of the Asia Pivot
By Dr. Peter Brookes , May 14, 2014

There is no question that the United States faces significant and increasing security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, including the growing threat posed by ballistic missiles and their payloads. It is fair to argue that China is increasingly confident and assertive in addressing its perceived national interests, supported by its expanding military might and power projection capabilities. From appearances, it is also reasonable to assert that North Korea is not on a path to openness, reform, and reconciliation with its neighbors. As such, it is critical that the United States provide for its national defense in the Pacific...

Space in the National Interest: Security in a Global Domain
By Eric R. Sterner , April 16, 2014

Space as a domain and the systems that use it are integrated with American power, whether the soft power of culture, reputation, diplomacy and economics or the hard power of armed force. For that reason, it is no longer possible to stovepipe strategic thinking about space and national security. Developments in one area directly affect others. From civil space programs that help shape foreign spending on space and trade arrangements that impact access to space and have diplomatic consequence to military systems that civilian users have come to rely upon, policymakers must approach developments in space as an integrated whole, a single phenomenon that requires expertise across the range of space activities.