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Last Shot For Reality To Pierce Russian Fantasy
By Ilan Berman, USA Today, August 25, 2014

On Tuesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, in Minsk, Belarus in an effort to bring an end to the crisis in Ukraine. The summit is shaping up to be a critical turning point in the six-month-old conflict over the soul of Ukraine. 

Playing Pretend Over The Foley Beheading
By James S. Robbines, The Washington Times, August 25, 2014

The State Department says that Islamic State terrorists were not sending the United States a message when they beheaded American photojournalist James Foley. 

Uh, yes, they were. 

A Time for Deterrance
By Stephen Blank, The National, August 21, 2014

 American politician and poet Eugene McCarthy once said that the media are like blackbirds on a telegraph pole. Once the impulse goes through, they all jump in the same direction. Fortunately for McCarthy, the Washington punditocracy was not as developed then as it is now.

Cutting the Caliphate Down to Size
By Ilan Berman, National Review Online, August 14, 2014

Is America headed back to Iraq? On August 7, President Obama took the first step in that direction when he authorized the use of air strikes to prevent the further advance of the militant Islamic group once known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) and now known as the Islamic State. Since then, the U.S. military has commenced a limited bombing campaign against Islamic State detachments in northern Iraq and added 130 military advisers to the 300 already stationed in the country.

Warfare That Targets Civilian Lives Must Be Made Unacceptable
By Avi Jorisch, South China Morning Post, August 8, 2014

As the recent hostilities in Gaza demonstrate, Israel stands at the forefront of a new kind of warfare. Israel is not alone in the need to confront radical forces that include terrorist organisations and oppressive regimes who deliberately seek civilian casualties on all sides as the core element of their military strategy; this is a long-term battle that other liberal societies will ultimately have to fight. 

Latest In-House Bulletins

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1919
August 26, 2014

A quiet Kremlin purge;
Russian humanitarian aid, or a provocation?



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1918
August 25, 2014

A broader ban on Western foodstuffs;

An unexpected product of Ukraine: separatist stirrings in Siberia

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1917
August 19, 2014


Moscow shapes media coverage of Ukraine;
After new Western sanctions, a food fight



China Reform Monitor - No. 1117
August 15, 2014


China faces growing demographic challenge;
Billions marked for improved infrastructure in China’s west



Eurasia Security Watch - No. 327
August 15, 2014


Lebanon battles Islamist militants;
Sisi plans to expand Suez Canal;
Turkey cracks down on police;
Militias battle over Benghazi


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.