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Still A Bad Deal
By Ilan Berman, U.S. News & World Report, July 18, 2017

Last Friday marked the two-year anniversary of the Obama administration's signature foreign policy achievement: the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, that agreement was intended as a solution to Iran's persistent nuclear ambitions, and as a vehicle to reboot the Iranian regime's relationship with the world.

High Noon In The Himalayas
By Jeff M. Smith, War on the Rocks, July 13, 2017

If you're struggling to make sense of the latest standoff between the Chinese and Indian militaries 10,000 feet in the Himalayas, don't fret: You're in good company. The showdown at Doka La is the product of a multi-layered, multi-party dispute steeped in centuries-old treaties and ambiguous territorial claims. Only recently have sufficient details emerged to piece together a coherent picture of the crisis and we're still left with more questions than answers. However, one thing is clear: While stare-downs at the disputed China-India border are a common affair, the episode now underway is an altogether different, potentially far more dangerous, beast.

How Russian Rule Has Changed Crimea
By Ilan Berman, Foreign Affairs, July 13, 2017

Since Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, the Ukrainian peninsula has become something akin to a "black box," with little verifiable data on conditions available to counterbalance the official Russian narrative that all is well in the Kremlin’s newest territorial holding. Now, however, a new study has provided perhaps the most detailed look to date on the true state of political and economic play on the peninsula. Published by the Ukrainian Institute for the Future, a new but well-connected think tank based in Kiev, the report - entitled "Crimea: Three Years of Occupation" - draws on data from local sources and the analysis of seasoned specialists to paint a damning picture of the human and economic costs of Russian rule, and to make a compelling case that the Kremlin's Crimean project is a threat to Crimeans themselves, as well as to everyone else.

Iran Raises The Stakes
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, July 11, 2017

With America's global attention largely focused elsewhere, Iran continues to expand its military capabilities - legally and otherwise - forcing the question of what Washington and its regional allies plan to do about it.

The Basis Of The Trump Doctrine
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, July 7, 2017

President Donald Trump spoke Thursday in Warsaw, Poland, to an enthusiastic crowd in historic Krasinski Square. He discussed the longstanding history of the U.S./Poland relationship, and the heroism of the Polish people during the 1944 Warsaw uprising against Nazism. He also laid the groundwork for what might be an emerging Trump doctrine of U.S. and European national security.


Latest In-House Bulletins

China Reform Monitor - No. 1293
July 26, 2017

Beijing implements further crackdown on online content;
Chinese investments in Malaysia in the spotlight

China Reform Monitor - No. 1292
July 25, 2017

Standoff at the China-India border;
Taiwan hosts Paraguay president

China Reform Monitor - No. 1291
July 21, 2017

Taiwan, Hong Kong activists find common purpose;
Chinese settlers, Mongolian herders clash along border

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2144
July 20, 2017

European sanctions renewed, as Turkey expands energy ties;
A farewell to Kislyak

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 41
July 19, 2017

Astana's answer to radicalization;
Europe braces for ISIS returnees;
Turkey draws a red line;
China's social media clampdown