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Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz at King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27, 2015 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
World Citizen

One Month On, Gauging Saudi Arabia’s New King

By Frida Ghitis
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One month has passed since King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud ascended to the throne to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He took power at a moment of turbulence and potentially lasting, dramatic change. Understanding how he will steer his country is a matter of great interest around the globe. more


Global Insights

As China Ponders BMD Options, U.S. Must Consider Responses

By Richard Weitz
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China has been researching ballistic missile defense for years, albeit on a low-key basis and with no clear commitment to deploy a national system. Nevertheless, China’s BMD capabilities could eventually affect strategic stability between China and the U.S., putting the issue on policymakers’ radar. more

Strategic Horizons

The U.S. Must Prepare for the Dissolution of Iraq

By Steven Metz
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Iraq is an artificial creation cobbled together from provinces of the old Ottoman Empire by outsiders. Dissolution into three parts—a Sunni Arab west, a Kurdish north and a Shiite section in the south—is so likely that American strategists should be thinking about how to respond. more

The Realist Prism

Crises in Ukraine, Libya Confront NATO With Risk of Division

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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This past weekend, militants in Libya aligned with the so-called Islamic State brutally executed 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Even as most of Europe’s attention remains focused on the east and the fighting in Ukraine, the horrific murders highlight the threat the continent faces to the south. more

Strategic Horizons

U.S. Civil-Military Relations’ Neglected Component: Congress

By Steven Metz
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When Americans think of civil-military relations, what jumps to mind is the interaction of the armed services and the president. But in many ways, the relationship with Congress is more complicated, since it lacks the clear chain of command that defines the military’s dealings with the executive. more