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This Is Trump's Opportunity To Uncover The Iran-North Korea Connection
By James S. Robbins, The National Interest, June 8, 2018

Does the road to Tehran lead through Singapore? Hopes are high that next week's summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will begin a process leading to the total, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. But North Korea can also play a major role in the broader global effort against nuclear proliferation.

When It Comes To Iran, America Is Still Running The Show
By Lawrence J. Haas, The Hill, June 6, 2018

When President Trump announced last month that America would leave the global nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose U.S. sanctions, Europe's leaders vowed to create financial mechanisms that would enable their firms to do business with Tehran and protect them from U.S. financial retaliation.

New Report: Iran's Influence In Syria Far Broader Than Commonly Understood
By Ilan Berman, Tablet, May 31, 2018

Just how deep does Iran's influence run in Syria? After a half decade of overt and covert Iranian military assistance to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian regime is widely understood to be playing a key role in the Syrian theater. But, according to a new study from the Omran Center for Strategic Studies, an Istanbul-based think tank focused on the Syrian conflict, this backing is far broader than commonly understood, and encompasses not just military assistance but also an extensive web of economic and political contacts that are designed to give the Iranian regime a lasting presence on the territory of its top regional ally.

The Islamic State Attacks Indonesia - And Its 'Middle Way'
By Ilan Berman and James Clad, The Weekly Standard, May 30, 2018

Earlier this month, after experiencing a long hiatus from violent extremism, Indonesia succumbed anew to Islamist terrorism when a family of suicide bombers struck three different churches in the country's second-largest city, Surabaya. The coordinated attacks during Sunday services on May 13 killed at least 12. The following day, another family of extremists attacked Surabaya's police headquarters, wounding 10. The Islamic State immediately claimed responsibility for both attacks.

Uzbekistan's President Goes To Washington
By Ilan Berman, The National Interest, May 24, 2018

In official Washington, which is routinely awash in foreign dignitaries, it's all too easy to miss the comings and goings of world leaders. But even by the rather selective standards of the Beltway, last week's state visit of Uzbekistan's president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, was noteworthy because it provided policymakers with an authoritative glimpse into the momentous changes now taking place in Central Asia.


Latest Books

The Long Game on the Silk Road: US and EU Strategy for Central Asia and the Caucasus
S. Frederick Starr & Svante E. Cornell, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, March 2018

This book argues that American and European policies toward Central Asia and the Caucasus suffer from both conceptual and structural impediments.

World Almanac of Islamism 2017
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, December 2017

Now in its third edition, The World Almanac of Islamism is the first comprehensive reference work to detail the current activities of radical Islamist movements worldwide. The contributions, written by subject expert, provide up-to-date assessments on the contemporary Islamist threat in all countries and regions where it exists. Each country study will include valuable metrics for gauging the advance or decline of Islamism. In places where Islamists are not in power, these include year-on-year comparisons of the number of terrorist attacks that have taken place, the level of popular support being received by radical religious organizations and political parties, and applicable government responses to these trends, if any. In places where they are in power, metrics encompass relevant changes to domestic human rights practices and social conditions, foreign policy rhetoric and action, and the overall stability of the state.



Latest In-House Bulletins

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2224
June 15, 2018

Russia's parliament mulls "counter-sanctions";
The benefits of military service in Syria

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2223
June 14, 2018

Russia's expendable animals;
Moscow-Yerevan ties get a new lease on life

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2222
June 13, 2018

Reshuffling for competitiveness;
Moscow denounces Trump's Iran deal decision

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2221
June 12, 2018

Russo-Iranian cooperation under the microscope;
America's military mobilizes to counter Russia

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 187
June 11, 2018

Still more environmental woes...;
...prompt a predictable regime response;
Iran and Hezbollah as a hedge;
Iran's Baha'i under fire;
An Iranian hand in Palestinian turmoil;
Losing Iraq


Latest Policy Papers

Understanding North Korea's Cyber Strategy
By Jenny Jun , May 4, 2018

How does North Korea use cyber means to achieve its political and military objectives? Ever since the Korean War, North Korea’s stated foreign policy goal has been to reunify the Korean peninsula under its rule. However, by the 1980s, winning a conventional war on the peninsula had become unrealistic, and the military balance between the North and South had started to shift in favor of the latter. With the end of the Cold War, Russian and Chinese patronage diminished, while the U.S.-ROK alliance grew stronger. In this strategic context, how does North Korea ensure regime security, deter foreign aggression, and achieve this objective without explicitly taking it by force?...

Electromagnetic Threats
By Richard M. Harrison , March 21, 2018

This work seeks to provide insights into the electromagnetic threats to U.S. security, particularly from a nuclear generated Electromagnetic Pulse attack, and public policy responses to them. The Primer provides a succinct and informative background of electromagnetic threats, U.S. protections and offensive capabilities of both the U.S. and our adversaries, it also discusses threats posed by EMP, and offers policy recommendations. 

Iran Strategy Brief No. 10: Iran's Burgeoning Strategic Forces
By Ian Williams , February 5, 2018

Among the Islamic Republic of Iran’s central strategic goals are the preservation of its political regime and its ascension to what it views as its rightful place as the regional hegemon of the Middle East. These objectives have put Iran on an adversarial footing with its immediate neighbors, and with much of the international community.