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An Iranian-Turkish Reset
By Ilan Berman, Washingon Times, July 22, 2014

Earlier this summer, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani paid a very public two-day visit to a surprising locale: Ankara, Turkey. The June trip — the first of its kind in nearly 20 years — represented a significant evolution of the political ties between Iran and Turkey. 

Iran Won't Slow Down On Ballistic Missiles
By Ilan Berman, USA Today, July 18, 2014

With time for nuclear diplomacy between Iran and the P5+1 nations (the U.S., UK, Russia, China, France and Germany) running out, and with the White House scrambling to cobble together some sort of deal with Tehran, it's perhaps not surprising that Pentagon's latest annual assessment of Iran's military capabilities has so far garnered little attention, either within the Washington Beltway or outside it. 

A Stalled War On Terror Finance
By Avi Jorisch, The Journal of International Security Affairs, July 15, 2014

Only two weeks after the attacks of September 11th, President George W. Bush addressed the media in the White House Rose Garden and declared "war" on terrorism financing. "Money is the lifeblood of terrorist operations," he told reporters.[1] "Today, we are asking the world to stop payment." A few weeks later, the Treasury Department—the agency that would become the weapon of choice of the White House in this new economic conflict—boasted in a press release, "The same talent pool and expertise that brought down Al Capone will now be dedicated to investigating Usama bin Laden and his terrorist network."[2] 

Follow Stephen Harper's Lead
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, July 15, 2014

"The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification," the nation's leader said this week. "It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region." He added, "Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions," saying that his nation "calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict." 

Wanted: A Real War Of Ideas With Russia
By Ilan Berman, The National Interest, July 3, 2014

Don't look now, but Moscow is winning the media war. 

Since the start of the crisis over Ukraine some four months ago, Russia has waged a massive, sustained media campaign to shape global perceptions about events taking place on the ground there. This offensive—carried out en masse via state-run outlets like Russia Today and through an onslaught of print, radio and television reports—has included everything from blatant mischaracterizations of Ukraine's political parties to outright fabrications about the extent of the pro-Russian sentiment that exists in the south and east of the country. 


Latest In-House Bulletins

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 349
July 22, 2014

India and China seek more cooperation;
Taliban abandons key stronghold;
US won't sell Pakistan;
India, Nepal work towards resolving border issues;
Afghanistan averts electoral disaster

 

 

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 326
July 22, 2014

Short-lived ceasefire in Gaza war;
Iraq names new speaker of parliament;
UN: Aid to Syria without Assad consent;
U.S. and Qatar strike $11 billion arms deal

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1112
July 21, 2014

Two-child policy expanded to PLA;
China promotes Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1910
July 18, 2014

The costs of annexing Crimea;
Russian nationalists discontented with the Kremlin

 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1909
July 16, 2014

A false start for Russia’s space program;
The Kremlin reiterates its support for Syria... and hints at action in Iraq

 

 


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.