Defense and Security Articles

A Belgian security officer stands guard near the Palace of Justice, where suspects wanted in Belgium on terrorism-related charges are set to appear before the federal court, Brussels, Jan. 21, 2015 (AP photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).

How the Paris Attacks Are Driving EU Counterterrorism Cooperation

By Maria Savel
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After the Paris attacks earlier this month, European leaders have called for more sharing of data and intelligence on national security and counterterrorism among European Union member states. It’s an important step, as the quality of counterterrorism programs varies across the EU. more


Global Insights

In State of the Union, Obama Should Not Forget Asia

By Richard Weitz
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What little time U.S. President Barack Obama devotes to foreign policy issues in tonight’s State of the Union speech will probably focus on the Middle East, Russia and Cuba. While these are important, Obama’s ability to leave behind a major foreign policy legacy is probably greatest in the Asia-Pacific region. more

Global Insider

Turkey Takes Pragmatic Approach to International Peacekeeping

By The Editors
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In November 2014, Turkey announced plans to send peacekeepers to participate in U.N.-backed missions in the Central African Republic and Mali. In an email interview, Nil S. Satana, assistant professor at Bilkent University in Ankara discussed Turkey’s contributions to international peacekeeping missions. more

Strategic Horizons

The Paris Attacks and the Logic of Insurgency

By Steven Metz
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To understand last week’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris first requires understanding the core logic of insurgency. Because insurgents are weaker than the government, they need help from the other side, even if it is unintentional. Whoever planned the Paris attacks is counting on this. more

World Citizen

In Bitter Irony, Jihadi Women Serve as Useful Propaganda

By Frida Ghitis
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When French officials announced they were searching for a woman as an accomplice in the attacks on a Jewish grocery store in Paris, many shook their heads. How was it possible that a woman born and raised in the West could be committed to an extremist ideology that is hostile to women? more

After the Torture Report: What’s Next for the CIA?

By Frederick P. Hitz
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As the new year opens, and the dust has begun to settle from the release of a report last month by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA’s use of torture in the war on terror, it is time to ask what changes, if any, the report’s revelations will bring about for the agency in the coming years. more

The Realist Prism

With No-Show in Paris, Obama Remains in Reactive Mode

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The Obama administration’s failure to send a high-level representative to the Paris unity march is being described by some as a gaffe. The decision process on this issue suggests that the administration remains in reactive mode, sticking to established plans rather than adapting to new circumstances. more

Global Insider

Ahead of Israel Visit, Japan’s Abe Looks to Expand Ties

By The Editors
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Earlier this month, Israel approved a plan to strengthen trade ties and boost security cooperation with Japan. In an email interview, Ben-Ami Shillony, a professor emeritus in East Asian studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discussed Israel-Japan relations. more

Global Insider

Uganda-North Korea Ties Skirt Limits of Sanctions

By The Editors
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Uganda and North Korea agreed to strengthen bilateral ties during a visit from Kim Yong Nam, head of North Korea's parliament, in late October last year. In an email interview, Andrea Berger, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, discussed North Korea’s ties with Uganda. more

Strategic Horizons

U.S. Deterrent Not Up to Today’s Complex Security Environment

By Steven Metz
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When the Soviet Union fielded nuclear weapons during the opening years of the Cold War, deterrence quickly became the centerpiece of U.S. military strategy. But the current confrontation with Russia underscores the limitations of the old notion of deterrence in today’s security environment. more