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Time To Refocus On The EMP Threat
By Amanda Azinheira, Defense News, August 19, 2015

In late July, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs assembled a number of top experts to discuss a critical threat to the homeland: electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

Why Obama Will Open A US Embassy In Iran
By Ilan Berman, New York Post, August 18, 2015

What's next after the Obama administration's opening to Cuba? Why, an embassy in Tehran, of course. 

On Aug. 14, in a ceremony replete with pomp and circumstance, Secretary of State John Kerry presided over the formal re-opening of the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba. The occasion marked the culmination of nearly two years of quiet diplomacy between the White House and the Castro regime. 

Nothing In Moderation
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, August 18, 2015

 In July, President Barack Obama said that he hoped the proposed nuclear deal with Iran could lead to continued conversations with the Islamic regime "that incentivize them to behave differently in the region, to be less aggressive, less hostile, more cooperative," and to generally behave in the way nations in the international community are expected to behave. The most optimistic proponents of the deal believe that the process could open the door to more comprehensive detente, empower Iranian moderates and lead to a gradual, peaceful form of regime change - a change of heart, if not of leadership. 

North Korea: Iran's Pathway To A Nuclear Weapon
By Ilan Berman, The National Interest, August 13, 2015

A central plank of the Obama administration's case for the nuclear deal just concluded by the P5+1 powers is that the agreement closes off "all pathways" by which the Iranian regime could acquire a nuclear capability, at least for the coming decade. 

Iran's European Enablers
By Ilan Berman, Politico Europe, August 11, 2015

Not all that long ago, it seemed as if the United States could learn a thing or two from Europe when it came to economic pressure on Iran. Today, a great deal has changed. 

Even as the fledgling Obama administration stuck doggedly to its "engagement" policy toward Tehran, European capitals were rapidly heading in the opposite direction. In November 2009, in a move that caused nothing short of a political earthquake on the Old Continent, a majority of the Dutch parliament formally voted to place Iran's clerical army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on the European Union's terror list. 


Latest In-House Bulletins

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1999
August 25, 2015

Litvinenko killing "personally ordered" by Putin, court hears;
Russian citizens versus the Internet

 

 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1998
August 24, 2015

 

Despite economic troubles, Russian defense spending soars;
Savchenko in the dock

 

 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1997
August 19, 2015

Russia doubles down on the Kurils;
The Crimean millstone

 

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1179
August 18, 2015

Crackdown on illegal mining of rare earth materials;
Thailand repatriates Uighurs to China

 

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1178
August 17, 2015

Xi promotes former acolytes;
Opposition to textbook changes in Taiwan

 

 


Latest Policy Papers

Cyber Crime: Security Under Scarce Resources
By Trey Herr and Sasha Romanosky , June 30, 2015

Cyber crime covers a wide range of activities that includes theft, fraud and harassment; stealing

valuable intellectual property as part of industrial espionage; committing financial fraud and credit card theft; and disrupting internet services for ideological goals (“hacktivism”). The crimes target both firms and consumers, and while they rarely result in physical harm or property damage, there can still be severe consequences...

Iran Strategy Brief No. 7: Iran's Various Voices
By Ilan Berman , June 17, 2015

Is the Islamic Republic of Iran a country or a cause? For decades, the question is one that has bedeviled Western observers. Foreign politicians and diplomats long have struggled to reconcile the Iranian regime’s radical rhetoric and destructive international behavior with its pragmatic participation in numerous treaty arrangements, and its prominent role in various multilateral forums.

Understanding Cybersecurity - Part 2 - Information Assurance
By Trey Herr and Eric Ormes , April 15, 2015

Information Assurance is the art and science of securing computer systems and networks against efforts by third parties to disable, intrude, or otherwise impede operations. It is the focus of most “cybersecurity” professionals in the technical community. The principal goals are to maintain an information system’s Confidentiality (the secrecy of information as it is used and stored), Integrity, reliability of data and equipment, and Availability, that a computer system is ready and able to function as needed. Information Assurance includes writing secure software, deploying it safely, and managing it to minimize the risk of compromise.