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Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1777
Bulletins - April 30, 2012
 

An unlikely champion for Russia's opposition;

Kremlin jitters over post-Coalition Afghanistan
 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 297
Bulletins - April 30, 2012
 

A step backward for North Korea; Potential Asian missile shield irks China...; ...As Seoul flirts with participation; Russian missiles in Kaliningrad?

 
Bold action in Syria now will save U.S. tons of grief in the Mideast later
Articles - April 26, 2012
 

As Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad continues his slaughter, the issue is not whether more forceful U.S. action to stop him is risk-free.


Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/04/26/146829/bold-action-in-syria-now-will.html#storylink=cpy
 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1776
Bulletins - April 25, 2012
 

Still no justice for Sergei Magnitsky;

Term limits for future Russian presidents...just not Putin
 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1769
Bulletins - March 19, 2012
 

 The coming decline of Russian oil;

More mobilization from the political opposition
 
Afghanistan Seems Fixed on a Return to Chaos
Articles - March 16, 2012
 

Talk to civilian and military officials who've recently served in Afghanistan and you will be hard-pressed to find a single optimistic assessment of our current strategy there.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1755
Bulletins - January 4, 2012
 

 Equipment quality, personnel problems plague Russia's military;

The Eurasian Economic Union inches forward
 
Constraining Iran In The Strait
Articles - January 2, 2012
 

The past two weeks have seen a dramatic escalation in Iran’s war of words with the West.

Last Wednesday, Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi told Iran’s official news agency, IRNA, that new economic pressure currently being contemplated by the West would come at a steep cost. According to Rahimi, “not a drop of oil” will pass through the Strait of Hormuz — a key strategic waterway that serves as a conduit for as much as a third of the world’s oil — if additional sanctions are levied against the Islamic Republic for its nuclear program. Iran’s top naval commander, Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, has been even more explicit, warning publicly that his country stands ready to block the strait if necessary.

 
Electromagnetic Pulse A Real Threat
Articles - December 16, 2011
 

Is electromagnetic pulse a real threat to American security? On the heels of recent Republican primary debates, the danger to U.S. electronics and infrastructure posed by a high-altitude nuclear blast suddenly has emerged as a campaign issue. So has concerted opposition to it, with both liberal and conservative skeptics ridiculing the idea as an overblown, even fabricated, distraction. Yet there is ample evidence that the danger is both clear and present.

 
Jittery In Jerusalem
Articles - October 22, 2011
 

WHEN the "Arab Spring" unexpectedly broke out late last year, Natan Sharansky waxed optimistic. Writing in the Washington Post in March, the former Soviet refusenik who ranks as Israel's best known pro-democracy activist argued that the grassroots revolts that unseated Tunisian strongman Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali and Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak marked the start of a democratic tsunami that could soon engulf the region. Regional conditions, he counseled, were ripe for just this sort of radical surgery.

These days, however, Israelis who share this hopeful outlook are exceedingly hard to find. A recent visit found policymakers and academics of all political stripes deeply apprehensive of the tectonic shifts that have taken place in their region this year. They have good reason to be. Israel's security environment, never favorable, has taken a dramatic turn for the worse.