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The Great War, Again?
By Ilan Berman, U.S. News & World Report, July 25, 2014

It was a century ago this summer – on June 28, 1914 – that Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired the "shot heard round the world," assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, in Sarajevo. The killing served as a catalyst for conflict, bringing long-simmering tensions between various European nations to a boil. The result was a conflagration that was both global in scale and massive in its human toll. All told, more than 37 million souls perished in what became known as the "war to end all wars."

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." 


Latest In-House Bulletins

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1911
July 28, 2014

 

Ukraine crisis causes spike in capital flight from Russia;
The Kremlin expands its footprint in the Americas

 

 

Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 326
July 25, 2014

Is Canada back at the missile defense table?
Plans for U.S.-ROK cooperation cause jitters in Beijing;
Taiwan and U.S. missile defense;
A step forward for GMD

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1113
July 24, 2014

 

More details on massive China-Russia gas pipeline;
Ban on fasting in Xinjiang

 

 

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

 


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.