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Published: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:49:42 -0400

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Defense Spending

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:22:35 -0400

Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's budget blueprint.


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A Vision of Trump at War

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:49:15 -0400

Writing in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon offers a vision of how President Trump could stumble—through bluster, wishful thinking, and miscalculation—into war with Iran, China, and North Korea. 


The Arctic Is Integral to U.S. National Security

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:53:17 -0400

The Arctic should be a major consideration in discussions of U.S. national security, says Thad Allen, co-chair of CFR’s Independent Task Force on the Arctic. 


How China Is Preparing for Cyberwar

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:33:50 -0400

The United States and China have made progress on curbing commercial cyberespionage. Now, the global powers need to set limits when it comes to digital warfare. 


Out of Time in North Korea

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:26:26 -0400

The U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea is finished. But direct U.S. talks with Pyongyang, conditioned on a nuclear & missile testing freeze, intrusive inspections, & a ban on transfers to third parties, could be best U.S. option, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Preventing a Credibility Crisis in America's Most Important Alliance

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:30:24 -0500

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump revisited one of his favorite hobby horses: free-riding alliance partners.


Military Perspectives in the White House

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:23:11 -0500

CFR's Robert McMahon and former Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy Janine Davidson examine civil-military relations in the new administration.


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A World in Disarray

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:00:37 -0500

Richard N. Haass discusses a world increasingly defined by disorder and what can be done about it.


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U.S. Should Support NATO and Offer Reassurances to Russia, Says New Council Special Report

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:38:14 -0500

“[Vladimir] Putin’s aggression makes the possibility of a war in Europe between nuclear-armed adversaries frighteningly real,” writes Kimberly Marten in a new Council Special Report on tensions between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). She outlines how U.S. policymakers can deter Russian aggression with robust support for NATO, while reassuring Russia of NATO’s defensive intentions through clear words and actions based in international law.


Reducing Tensions Between Russia and NATO

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:15:37 -0500

Kimberly Marten outlines how U.S. policymakers can deter Russian aggression with robust support for NATO, while reassuring Russia of NATO’s defensive intentions through clear words and actions based in international law.


How North Korea Evades UN Sanctions Through International "Front" Companies

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:32:34 -0500

North Korean sanctions evasion has largely eviscerated the intent and impact of UN sanctions resolutions designed to block international financial and material support for North Korean nuclear and missile development efforts. Aside from the obvious Chinese loophole, the assassination of Kim Jong Nam has shone a bright light on another major portal for North Korean illicit actions and sanctions evasion: Malaysia.


'A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA'

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:36:31 -0500

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses his new book, A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA.


Civil-Military Relations in the New Administration

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:34:41 -0500

Experts discuss the role of civil-military relations in the development of military advice; evaluate early changes to the national security system under President Trump; and consider possible reforms to the presidential decision-making process.


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Cyber Strategy and Policy: International Law Dimensions

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:48:58 -0500

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 2, 2017, Matthew C. Waxman addressed some of the international law questions most relevant to cyber threats and U.S. strategy and made recommendations for U.S. leadership in the evolution of related international rules. Waxman argued that even though international law regarding cyber capabilities is not yet settled, existing rules can support a strong cyber defense strategy. Since many of the international law questions depend on specific, case-by-case facts, and are likely to be highly contested for a long time to come, the United States should continue to advance interpretations that support its strategic interests and effectively constrain other states’ behavior.


Want to Win Wars? Fund Soft Power, Trump’s Generals Say

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:48:38 -0500

The president’s proposal to boost military spending at the expense of diplomacy and foreign aid won't lead to victory.


U.S. Foreign Policy Powers: Congress and the President

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:28:04 -0500

The separation of powers has spawned a great deal of debate over the roles of the president and Congress in foreign affairs, as well as over the limits on their respective authorities, explains this Backgrounder.


Expanding South Korea’s Security Role in the Asia-Pacific Region

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:08:41 -0500

South Korea is a Northeast Asian power with a global presence, yet its geopolitical influence in Southeast Asia is rarely exercised.


Turkey and the GCC: Cooperation Amid Diverging Interests

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:42:10 -0500

Since the ruling Justice and Development Party took power in November 2002, Turkey’s relations with Gulf Arab states have gone through four distinct phases, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. Turkey started out as a good neighbor and problem solver before it made a bid for regional leadership, which led to a period of estrangement and then an uneasy rapprochement today.


We Need Answers to Questions About Russia and the White House That California Rep. Devin Nunes Won't Even Ask

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:03:52 -0500

“I think we all need answers…. I’m not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered.” Those are the words not of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Tom Perez or any other partisan Democrat but of former President George W. Bush, speaking Monday, and the questions pertain to Russia’s role in trying to rig the 2016 presidential election.


Water and U.S. National Security

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:05:19 -0500

As part of the Center for Preventive Action's Flashpoint Roundtable Meeting Series, Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and David Michel, nonresident fellow at the Stimson Center, discuss global water issues and their effect on U.S. national security.


Russia: Rival or Partner, or Both?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:15:23 -0500

Experts discuss U.S. policy options toward Russia including continued sanctions, possible cooperation with Russia in Syria, and responding to increased tensions surrounding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.


There Are Echoes of the CIA’s Long War in Laos in Today’s War on Terror

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:06:29 -0500

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses how the CIA’s secret war in Laos, waged with little oversight by Congress or interest by the U.S. public, was a precursor to today’s global war on terror. 


Better a Stalemate Than Defeat in Afghanistan

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:20:19 -0500

Without a major surge in force levels, the best outcome that the United States can hope for in Afghanistan is that the Taliban will tire of fighting and pursue peace, writes CFR’s Max Boot.


The Iran Nuclear Deal: The Future of the JCPOA

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:33:56 -0500

Experts evaluate the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program, the issues that have arisen in the past year, and what the new administration should consider for the future of the deal.


Renewed Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:48:16 -0500

The likelihood that Armenians and Azerbaijanis will clash over Nagorno-Karabakh in the next twelve months is high. This contingency planning memorandum details how the United States can prevent renewed conflict over the disputed region.


The Drip Drip Drip of Kremlingate

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:16:08 -0500

It is perhaps too much to hope for, but it would be a pleasant surprise if Republicans treated Kremlingate as seriously as they treated the issue of Clinton’s email server or the Benghazi attack. There is a desperate need for a credible, bipartisan investigation to get to the bottom of this murky business, and the president should welcome such an inquiry if he has nothing to hide.


What McMaster Needs to Say to Americans

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:04:33 -0500

Gayle Lemmon discusses Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster's new role as National Security Adviser in a country that is largely insulated from the wars waged in its name.  


The Rules of the Brave New Cyberworld

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:42:02 -0500

A chaotic, dangerous, cyber-enabled landscape is on the horizon. Can Trump—and the United States—define the rules and harness the power to build and contain it?


Kremlingate: What Did President Trump Know and When Did He Know It?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:27:20 -0500

Michael Flynn’s departure as national security advisor highlights the troubling and mysterious ties between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.