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Crossing the Line At Odd Times: China-India Border Disputes
By Jeff M. Smith, Foreign Policy, October 16, 2014

Last month yet another standoff at the disputed China-India border reached yet another peaceful conclusion, though not before spoiling the atmosphere of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s inaugural visit to India. In mid-September, as many as 1,000 Chinese soldiers crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, Kashmir and were met in a prolonged face-off by an equal number of Indian troops. While violations of the de facto border are a common affair, the conspicuous timing and motives of the latest intrusion, and its broader implications for Sino-Indian relations, merit greater scrutiny.


The Path to a Stable Iraq
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, October 14, 2014

With the Islamic State group on the march again and Baghdad under new threats, it is a good time take care of some unfinished business in Iraq.

Is the Islamic State Islamic?
By Robert R. Reilly, Library of Law & Liberty, October 14, 2014

Nothing could be more curious to Muslims than Western non-Muslims telling them what their religion is about. Would not Christians find it odd to hear from Muslims what the true meaning of their religion is? Nevertheless, after almost every terrorist act against a Westerner, particularly the more gruesome ones like beheadings, Western heads of state reflexively react with protestations that such acts are absolutely un-Islamic, despite the explicit claims of their perpetrators that they are done precisely as religious acts, as they exultantly declare, “Allahu Akbar.”

Giving Iran The Store
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, October 7, 2014

Monday's reported explosion at Iran's secretive Parchin nuclear site - leaving two dead and shattering windows 12 kilometers away - is welcome news to those concerned about Tehran's nuclear progress, but it's likely a mere blip on what seems an increasingly smooth Iranian road to nuclear weaponry. 

For a host of reasons, Washington is growing ever-more desperate for a nuclear deal through which to claim a diplomatic victory, while Tehran is growing less concerned about the ultimate outcome of the ongoing talks and, not surprisingly, more intransigent about offering new concessions. 

Obama's Contradictory War
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, September 30, 2014

The Obama administration’s strategy for destroying the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, forces the United States to take sides in Syria’s civil war. But in a three-way war, that can mean taking the wrong side.




Latest In-House Bulletins

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1932
October 29, 2014

Putin: Russia's Hercules;
Tactical nukes to Crimea

China Reform Monitor - No. 1128
October 29, 2014

China and Russia partner on fast neutron nuclear reactors;

People’s Daily targets multinationals for tax evasion

China Reform Monitor - No. 1127
October 24, 2014

China halts weapons supplies to South Sudan;
PLA parades around disputed islands for 65th anniversary of PRC



Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 330
October 24, 2014

North Korea upgrades missile test site;
Chinese ICBM test highlights missile modernization...; Pakistan thinks big;
Poland sticks to its guns;
U.S. one step closer to a gulf missile shield



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1931
October 23, 2014


Some energy assistance for Ukraine;
Foreign exchanges on ice



Latest Policy Papers

Protecting the Warfighter in an Austere Budget Environment
By David J. Trachtenberg , September 24, 2014

Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying, “Gentlemen, we have run out of money. Now we have to think.” A similar statement is attributed to Ernest Rutherford, a New Zealand physicist often cited as the “father” of nuclear physics. Regardless of who uttered this quote, many believe it appropriately summarizes the state of America’s defense establishment today. “Fiscal austerity” is the environment in which national security decisions are made...

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...