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A Deal With Two Devils
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, November 18, 2014

Nothing better showcases Washington’s confusion over foreign policy than the idea that – as part of a U.S.-Iran nuclear deal – Iran would ship much or all of its enriched uranium to Russia, and Russia would then process it for Iranian civilian usage. 

Clock Is Ticking To Arm Ukraine
By Ilan Berman, USA Today, November 17, 2014

Welcome to the Ukraine war, round two. In recent days, European observers, NATO forces and media outlets have all reported what amounts to a massive influx of Russian war material and personnel into Ukraine — a development that has fanned fears of a fresh cycle of violence between Moscow and Kiev. The news is a timely reminder that the conflict precipitated earlier this year by Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and subsequent efforts at subversion in eastern and southern Ukraine is, in fact, far from over. 

Desperate And Dumb
By James Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, November 11, 2014

Last month, President Barack Obama reportedly wrote a private letter to Iran's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seeking to tie the fight against the Islamic State group to the ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The White House purportedly sought to pressure Iran into reaching an agreement by the November 24 diplomatic deadline by hinting that failing to do so would affect American efforts against the Islamic State group. 

The Fall Of The Berlin Wall: A Forgotten Part Of The Story
By E. Wayne Merry, The National Interest, November 9, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, the opening of the Berlin Wall transfixed the world, but somewhat obscured a bigger story: the peaceable seizure of the state by that part of East German society that did not want to go to the West. 

3 Lessons From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, November 7, 2014

A quarter-century ago this month, East Germany's communist leaders announced they were opening the Berlin Wall in an act that, as much as anything else during that momentous year, symbolized the Cold War's end. 

Latest In-House Bulletins

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1937
November 18, 2014

Europe stays the course on Russia sanctions;
Is Russia the key to a nuclear deal with Iran?



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1936
November 17, 2014


Ukraine votes for the West;
Moscow moves against Islamic State sympathizers



Eurasia Security Watch - No. 330
November 14, 2014

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1935
November 11, 2014

Still more economic turbulence... and mounting protectionism;

Sino-Russian collaboration in cyberspace

China Reform Monitor - No. 1130
November 10, 2014


New guidelines from the Ministry of Education;
Beijing eyes agriculture, rural land reform



Latest Policy Papers

U. S. & European Perspectives of Current and Evolving Security Challenges
By ´┐╝John P. Rose, Ph.D , October 31, 2014

As we think through the role that the United States might play in addressing future security challenges in the European and Eurasian arenas in coming years, it would seem appropriate to have some indication of the thinking, thoughts, and ideas of our partners and allies—especially those in NATO. Americans may feel strongly about issues such as missile defense, countering terrorism and stopping Iran from developing a nuclear capability, but do European and Eurasian allies feel the same?...

Protecting the Warfighter in an Austere Budget Environment
By David J. Trachtenberg , September 24, 2014

Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying, “Gentlemen, we have run out of money. Now we have to think.” A similar statement is attributed to Ernest Rutherford, a New Zealand physicist often cited as the “father” of nuclear physics. Regardless of who uttered this quote, many believe it appropriately summarizes the state of America’s defense establishment today. “Fiscal austerity” is the environment in which national security decisions are made...