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Closed Door Policy: How China's Reforms Are Pushing Away Foreign Business
By Joshua Eisenman, Foreign Affairs, September 24, 2014

"We shall proceed with reform and opening up without hesitation," said Chinese President Xi Jinping to his country's top leaders at a symposium last month that marked the 110th birth anniversary of his predecessor Deng Xiaoping. At first glance, his pledge appeared sincere. In the two years since taking office, Xi has consistently advocated a reform agenda intended to continue the economic revitalization and restructuring that Deng started in 1978. Xi’s campaign includes plans to reduce government meddling in the economy by making it easier for private-sector firms to compete with state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and allowing companies and individuals to invest and borrow more freely. 

Horror And Terror In Nigeria
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, September 23, 2014

She was at her high school in Chibok, Nigeria when the Islamist monsters of Boko Haram arrived in April, brandishing their guns and forcing the girls onto trucks for an unknown destination. 

Fearing where the trucks would take them, she and a friend jumped off during the trip, scampering into the forest. With her friend injured from the fall, they slept under a tree and then found a shepherd to help them find their way back to their village, where their parents and other relatives were weeping. 

Putting The Islamic State In Proper Context
By Ilan Berman, Forbes.com, September 17, 2014

Quite suddenly, all eyes are riveted on the Islamic State (IS). Ever since its self-proclaimed “emir,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the creation of a new “caliphate” during a speech in Mosul, Iraq this June, his group has become global public enemy number one. 

Confronting The Evolving Peril In Islamic Extremism
By Ilan Berman, Washington Times, September 11, 2014

What a difference a couple of months can make. This summer, the Bipartisan Policy Center released a new report from Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the original co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission. That study, titled "Today's Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States," warned that America was running the risk of becoming a victim of its own counterterrorism success. 

Russia's Costly Ukrainian Conquest
By Herman Pirchner, Jr., Washington Times, September 9, 2014

Ukrainian government and the Russian-directed separatist movement occupying parts of two Ukrainian provinces and Crimea. Few expect it to last because neither side is ready to live with the status quo. 

Ukraine needs to resume fighting to prevent Moscow from permanently controlling separatist-occupied Ukraine. Moscow needs to resume fighting to achieve its further territorial ambitions in Ukraine. Further, if Russian President Vladimir Putin is stopped in Ukraine, it will complicate his designs on the territory of Kazakhstan, Belarus, Moldova and other parts of the former USSR. How is this likely to play out? 


Latest In-House Bulletins

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1926
September 29, 2014

Amid Ukraine crisis, more messaging to the Middle East;
A bailout for Rosneft

 

 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1925
September 24, 2014

 

NATO moves, and Kremlin countermoves;
The consequences of Moscow-Cairo cooperation

 

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1122
September 23, 2014

Property prices dropping across China;
Far fewer North Koreans crossing border into China in 2014

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1924
September 23, 2014

 

NATO moves, and Kremlin countermoves;
The consequences of Moscow-Cairo cooperation

 

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1121
September 10, 2014

Senior Taiwan official charged with leaking secrets to mainland;

Chinese fighter harasses U.S. surveillance plane 
 


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.